Customs officers at Kulata crossing seize 6 million pieces smuggled cigarettes


Around 600 master cases of smuggled cigarettes, hidden in specially made pallets were seized within the course of a specialized operation.  Short after midnight the team for combating smuggling, violations and crimes including VAT embezzlement within Border Police Directorate - Petrich stopped for inspection an Iveco truck entering in the country from Greece. The TIR truck was with Romanian license plate and was driven by 36-year old Romanian citizen. The truck was selected for undergoing an x-ray scanning during which were found no violations. A followed check with an endoscope however found the presence of different objects than the declared in the documents. A detailed customs check found almost 600 master cases of smuggled cigarettes, or 6 million pieces, hidden inside the pallets.