Bulgaria Police Busts Major Cigarette Contraband Ring

Crime | December 5, 2009, Saturday // 14:26
Bulgaria Police Busts Major Cigarette Contraband Ring: Bulgaria Police Busts Major Cigarette Contraband Ring “Victory,” Bulgaria’s most popular cigarette brand, is often subject to contraband and is sold on the black market without the excise label. Photo by BGNES

Employees of Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry, along with Customs agents have busted a major cigarette contraband ring.

The information was announced Saturday by both institutions’ press centers.

The tax that would have been lost for the State budget from the cigarettes is estimated at BGN 650 000 while the value of the 225 000 packs of cigarettes exceeds BGN 1 M.

The cigarettes of the brands “Marlboro,” “Victory,” “Prestige,” and the Chinese "Chunghwa" have been discovered Thursday in Sofia’s “Slatina” district.

The cigarettes were found in a storage, rented by a man with a criminal record, and in a “Volvo” truck parked nearby.

The Interior says the cigarettes were destined for Bulgaria’s black market, not for import.

3 men without criminal records have been arrested during the raid.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Crime » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: cigarette contraband
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria