Bulgaria customs seize large amount of fake perfumes and 8,5 kilos heroin


2013-02-02

Customs officers at the checkpoint at the Svilengrad railway station seized fake perfumes worth more than EUR 1 million and more than BGN 1 million-worth heroin, the press office of the National Customs Agency (NCA) announced for FOCUS News Agency.
The illegal replicas and the drug were transported by rail from Turkey to West Europe. According to the documents the freight container was supposed to contain 22 pallets with empty jars from a company based in Turkey to a company based in the Netherlands. The end-stop for shipment's unloading, however, was a city in Germany. The discrepancies in the documents made the Bulgarian customs officers suspicious and they decided to select the freight container for physical check during which they found a 50-centimetre crack over the pallets and that there was a gap covered with empty cardboard boxes. After unloading the shipment authorities found 18 pallets with a total of 30,000 packages of perfumes and toilet waters - replicas of world popular brands (Boss, Chanel, D&G, Givenchy, Armani, and others), worth more than EUR 1 million. This is the biggest amount of fake perfumes seized by the customs officers in the last few years.
The shipment underwent a physical and x-ray check, in which customs officers also detected that in two of the perfume packages there were packages full of powder substance, which after an analysis responded to heroin. The total amount of the drug was 8.5 kilos, which is worth more than BGN 1 million.
Work on the case continues.