Bulgarian customs officers at the Kulata border crossing point confiscated record 13 million contraband cigarettes on the night of Nov. 13, the most ever seized there in the volume of cigarettes carried on a truck, according to reports of private TV station bTV.
The cigarettes were found in a truck with a foreign registration plate driven by a foreign national. The contraband bore the Omega” brand which is not registered in Bulgaria and is unpopular in Greece.
The cigarettes were packed and loaded in an unusual way. It is yet to be established whether they were earmarked for the Bulgarian market.
Officials said that the smuggling attempt deployed an innovative complex combination of false and misleading documents, which was eventually uncovered by customs officers. Pre-trial proceedings were launched and the case was reported to the District Prosecutor’s Office in the southwestern town of Blagoevgrad.