Sofia. Picture: Агенция "Митници"
Some 939,760 pieces of illegal cigarettes were seized by customs officers during two inspections of private properties in Sofia and Pernik, said the press office of the Customs Agency
. 7,500 packs of illegal cigarettes were seized by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation in the area of Obelya in Sofia. On 9 April 2019, customs officers identified two persons who were loading sacks full of cartons into a car. Three cartons containing 1,500 packs of KARELIA blue cigarettes without a tax stamp, and marked with a DUTY FREE sign had already been loaded into the car. During the investigative actions at the address where the vehicle was parked, another 6,000 packs of cigarettes in 12 cartons were found. The total amount of cigarettes detected was 150,000 pieces.
On 10 April 2019, customs officers checked a private property in Pernik and found in the house’s basement and garage cartons containing 39,488 packs (789,760 pieces) of cigarettes without stamps, bearing the GR trademark.
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