Bulgarian customs officers at Lesovo BCP detained 600 000 pieces (30 000 boxes) of contraband cigarettes during an inspection of a truck entering the country. The tobacco products were hidden in wrapped furniture – mirror tables.
On 06/05/2023, at around 8:20 p.m., the truck with a foreign registration arrived at Lesovo BCP on an inbound route from Turkey, driven by a Turkish citizen. According to the presented documents, he transported parcels with group goods from Turkey to France via Bulgaria.
The vehicle has been selected for a thorough customs inspection. In the course of control actions, with specialized X-ray equipment, customs inspectors mark suspicious areas in the declared cargo. During the subsequent physical inspection, the inspectors found that part of the parcels contained 30 voluminous tables with a mirror coating, in the inner cavity of which cartons of cigarettes were hidden. After dismantling the tables, a total of 600 000 pieces (30 000 boxes) of contraband cigarettes of various brands were found in them, all with a Turkish excise label.
The contraband tobacco products worth about BGN 200 000 were seized. In this case, a pre-trial proceeding was initiated by an investigative customs inspector from TD Bourgas Customs, which is being conducted under the supervision of the Yambol District Prosecutor’s Office.