Customs officers at Lesovo border checkpoint found over 1000 boxes of smuggled cigarettes in cabs of trucks


2017-11-02

Customs officers from customs mobile groups and Border Police officers at Lesovo BCP found 1028 boxes /20 560 pieces/ smuggled cigarettes and 9 kg of smoking tobacco, hidden in factory cavities in the driving cabs of 7 trucks. The cigarettes have different trademarks, including "LM Red Label", "Karelia", "Pall Mall", "Parliament", "ASSOS" and others, all marked "For Duty Free Sale Only". The cigarettes were found during separate customs checks on 7 trucks carrying goods from Turkey to Bulgaria and others EU countries in the last days. For the violations, 7 acts under the Law on Customs were drawn up against five Turkish citizens, one Romanian and one Bulgarian citizen.
In one case, on 30 October 2017, 100 boxes of cigarettes brand "LM Red Label" were found in factory cavities in the truck cabin on a truck with a foreign registration, driven by a Turkish citizen. The truck was transporting textiles from Turkey to Romania through Bulgaria.
On October 29, 2017, in factory cavities in the dashboard of a truck with a Bulgarian registration, transporting textiles from Turkey to Bulgaria and driven by a Bulgarian citizen, officers from the customs mobile group found 90 boxes of cigarettes from four different brands, also with the inscriptions "For Duty Free Sale Only ".
428 boxes of smuggled cigarettes from five different trademarks with "For Duty Free Sale Only" were seized from a double-wall secret in the driver's cab of a truck with a Romanian registration, transporting automobile engines from Turkey to Romania through Bulgaria.
On 23 October 2017, 180 boxes of cigarettes from the LM Red Label and Pall Mall were also found in the driver's cabin of another truck with Turkish registration, transporting textile from Turkey to Germany through Bulgaria.
Others 60 boxes of LM Red Label cigarettes and 3 kg of Amber Leaf tobacco were seized on October 22, 2017 from the cabin of a truck with Turkish registration carrying textile products from Turkey to the United Kingdom.
On 20 October 2017, 170 boxes of cigarettes "LM Red Label" were found under the front cover of a truck with auto parts from Turkey to Hungary. On the same day, 120 packs of 6 kilograms of tobacco were seized from the driver's cab on a truck with goods from Turkey to the United Kingdom.