Sniffer dog busts 2,000 boxes of illicit cigarettes at Danube Bridge


Two Romanian citizens were arrested at the Danube Bridge border checkpoint in an attempt to smuggle nearly 2,000 boxes of cigarettes without excise stamps.
The illicit cigarettes were found in a hidden compartment inside a Mercedes car, which arrived at the checkpoint on Saturday morning. Following the risk analysis method authorities selected the vehicle for a check.
With the help of a specially trained sniffer dog, called Ron, customs authorities found the smuggled tobacco products. Dog's signal was confirmed by an x-ray examination.
Initially the driver said he had nothing to do with the cigarettes and that an unknown man gave him the package to transport it to Romania against payment. His companion, on the other hand, said he did not know anything about the load and that he was in this vehicle by accident.
After the information refuted the allegations of the Romanian passengers, the driver confessed about the crime.
The price of the confiscated cigarettes is around BGN 14,000.