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Bulgarian customs seize 14 tons of counterfeit cigarette packs

Staff Writer |
Bulgarian customs seized 14 tons of counterfeit cigarette pack printings at Danube Bridge checkpoint near Vidin at the border with Romania on Monday, officials said.

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The printings, bearing the logos of three popular cigarette brands, were found in a Bulgaria-registered truck which was declared to be carrying cardboard to another European Union (EU) country, the National Customs Agency (NCA) said in a press release.

According to the NCA, the amount of printings would be enough to produce several million boxes of smuggled cigarettes.

Just a month ago, customs officers seized another shipment of illegal cigarette packs weighing five tons, the NCA added.

Due to its location, Bulgaria is a favorite destination for traffickers, with more than 3.7 tons of drugs, 43.9 million illegal cigarettes and 51.7 tons of smuggled tobacco seized by the NCA in 2016.

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