Smuggled gold and silver jewelry for over BGN 300,000 was detained by the customs officers of the Ministry of Justice Kapitan Andreevo

Smuggled gold and silver jewelry for over BGN 300,000 was detained by the customs officers of the Ministry of Justice Kapitan Andreevo

Customs officers found over 7.5 kg of smuggled gold and silver jewelry during two inspections – on a bus and a truck.

On 13.02.2022 A tractor with a semi-trailer with Turkish registration and two drivers – a Turkish citizen – arrived at Kapitan Andreevo. The vehicle has been selected for a thorough customs inspection, which did not reveal any violations. During a personal examination of the drivers, 5 packages containing rings, bracelets, earrings, yellow and white metal necklaces were found under the shirt of one of them. The expertise made by the expert established that the jewelry with a total weight of 1010.83 grams was made of 14, 18, 22-carat gold worth BGN 103,805.

A large amount of contraband gold and silver jewelry was also found on February 14, 2022, when a bus with Romanian registration arrived at the checkpoint on its way from Turkey to Romania, carrying 20 passengers. Customs officers select the vehicle for a thorough inspection. During the personal examination of one of the passengers – a Romanian citizen, were found in the handbag, underwear and attached to the body packages containing a large number of yellow and white metal products. According to the expertise of the expert, the found products are made of 14-carat gold with a total weight of 2015.10 grams worth BGN 169,268, and the 925 products are silver with a total weight of 4,516 grams worth BGN 31,612.

The seized gold and silver jewelry in both cases amounted to a total of 7541.93 grams with a total value of BGN 304,685.

Pre-trial proceedings have been instituted in the cases by investigating customs inspectors under the supervision of the Haskovo District Prosecutor’s Office.

By a decree of prosecutors from the District Prosecutor’s Office – Haskovo, the violators were charged under Art. 242 of the Penal Code.

Source: Customs Agency

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