Bulgaria customs bust 14kg of smuggled tobacco hidden in detergents


2013-09-04

Bulgarian customs officers seized large amount of smuggled tobacco during a check on a Bulgarian car travelling from Turkey to Bulgaria.
Authorities checked the luggage of the two passengers - a 34-year-old Bulgarian woman and her 17-year-old son. The bags were full of big packages of laundry detergents and big tubes of cleaning agents. In four of the detergent packages customs officers found well-packed and hidden bags full of a total of 14 kilos of cut tobacco.
The seized amount to contraband tobacco is enough for the making of 14,000 pieces of cigarettes. The unpaid excise duty on the illegal tobacco is BGN 2,128.
The mother and her son were drawn statements for violations under the customs act for transporting tobacco above the set limit of 50 grams.