Cigarettes for over BGN 6,000 were detained by customs officers at the Danube Bridge Vidin border checkpoint

Cigarettes for over BGN 6,000 were detained by customs officers at the Danube Bridge Vidin border checkpoint

19,000 pieces (950 boxes) of cigarettes were seized during an inspection of a light truck traveling from Bulgaria to Belgium through the Danube Bridge Vidin – Calafat border checkpoint. The Bulgarian customs officers from the General Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation selected for inspection a light truck with Veliko Tarnovo registration, driven by a Bulgarian citizen. He stated that he was transporting foodstuffs to Belgium and denied transporting excise goods, but on an X-ray scan, customs officers noticed a suspicious density in two places between the goods being transported. During a thorough inspection, in a suitcase and at the bottom of a box of corn sticks, they found tobacco products of four high-end brands with a total of 950 boxes, all covered with Bulgarian excise labels, and at a market price of nearly BGN 6,000. The driver stated that the cigarettes were his personally, stating also that he did not have a simplified accompanying document, according to the requirements of Art. 76a, para. 8 or Art. 76c, para. 3 of ZADS. An act for establishing an administrative violation has been drawn up in the case.

Source: Customs Agency