During inspection of a passenger motor vehicle at the border crossing Blace, customs inspectors of the Operational Matters Department detected about 22 kg of Marijuana in a specially designed bunker.  

On 13.08.2017 at about 18:30h, a Bulgarian registered automobile, driven by a Bulgarian national from the village of Belakovec, Republic of Bulgaria arrived at the border crossing point Blace – entrance section. Although the driver claimed he had nothing to declare to Customs, the vehicle was selected for detailed customs control. During the examination of the external left part of the floor, the customs inspectors noticed that the chassis has been altered, which was a reason for proceeding to removal of the front seats of the vehicle. A specially made bunker along the left and right side of the floor was found. 12 packages were found in the left and 13 packages in the right side, wrapped by stretch foil, containing unknown greenish plant substance. The analysis with drug testers indicated presence of narcotic drug-marijuana, weighing about 22 kilograms.

The person and the drugs were handed over to the Investigation Department for further proceeding. 

After taking over the case and during the preliminary procedure, the inspectors of the Investigation Department established that having previously agreed with a person from Kosovo, the suspect had accepted to transport significant quantity of narcotics – Marihuana to Western Europe for compensation of 3000 Euros.

The Customs Administration brought criminal charges against the suspect to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Skopje for committed criminal offence “Unauthorized production and release for trade of narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors“,  punishable pursuant Article 215 paragraphs 1, 4 and  7 of the Criminal Code. The suspect was interrogated by a judge of preliminary procedure in the First Instance Court Skopje 1, who pronounced a measure preventive detention in duration of 30 days.

Last week, several attempts for smuggling were detected and the customs officers seized cash, solarium, welding machine, automobile spare parts and apparel.

The following was:

Cash

- 6.500 US Dollars and 5.740 Euros, detected in two separate cases at the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.

In the first case, during personal search of a citizen of the United Arab Emirates who arrived from Istanbul, 11,340 undeclared Euros and 7,000 undeclared U.S. Dollars were found.. 9,600 Euros and 500 US Dollars were returned to the passenger (equivalent amount of 10,000 Euros, amount that can be freely taken into the country). The remaining 6.500 US Dollars and 1,740 Euros were seized.

In the second case, during personal search of a Macedonian national who arrived from Zurich, in an envelope in the passenger’s handbag, 14,000 undeclared Euros were found. 10,000 Euros were returned to the passenger, as an amount that can freely be taken into the country. The remaining 4,000 Euros were seized.

In both cases, offence charges were filed against the passengers, for committed foreign currencies related offence.

Different goods

- 1 second hand solarium PHILIPS SUN RELAXMOBILE, 1 second hand welding machine and 2 brake discs BREMBO 09.A621.11, detected during inspection of a Macedonian registered truck, driven by a Macedonian citizen at the Tabanovce Motorway border crossing point – entrance section. The undeclared goods that were found in the loading area and in the tool box were seized.  Corresponding procedure will be launched against the driver.

- 360 sport scarves and footbal shirts bearing logos of Real Madrid and Manchester United, detected at the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, during control of the passenger bags of a Turkish citizen who arrived from Istanbul. The undeclared products were seized and offence procedure will be initiated against the passenger.

 

 Devizi1,AerodromSK
Devizi1,AerodromSK
 Dresovi,salovi,AerodromSK
Dresovi,salovi,AerodromSK
 Marihuana1,mobilna
Marihuana1,mobilna
 Marihuana2,mobilna
Marihuana2,mobilna
 Marihuana 013
Marihuana 013
 Razna stoka,Tabanovce
Razna stoka,Tabanovce
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