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Refrigerant found amongst smuggled tobacco

BULGARIA: Customs officers from Burgas have found HFC refrigerant amongst an illegal shipment of cigarettes concealed in a truck from Turkey.

The driver, a Turkish citizen, presented customs officials with documents for the groupage goods transported from Iraq to Great Britain.

An inspection of the truck found the undeclared tobacco and 10 cylinders, totalling 50.1kg, of R134a, R404A, R407A and R410A that had not been included in the customs documents. 

The smuggled goods were seized and the driver issued with two charges under the Bulgarian Customs Act – one for smuggling excise goods and the other for smuggling the refrigerant.

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