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Press release15 March 2017European Anti-Fraud Office

Important seizures of cigarettes at the Northern border by Romanian Border Police

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Following activities carried out in their area of competence, the border policemen within the Territorial Inspectorate of the Border Police of Sighetu Marmaţiei uncovered and seized 22,680 packs of cigarettes, to the value of more than 204.000 lei, destined to be commercialized on the black market of Romania.

Yesterday, 16 February 2017, a team from the border police of Sighetu Marmaţiei stopped for control, at the exit of Crăciuneşti in Maramureş county on the DN18 national road, an Opel car which had been registered in Romania and was driven by Octavian D., 42 years’ old residing in Maramureş county.

Following a control made on the car, the border policemen uncovered several packs of cigarettes, hidden in the ceiling of the car. The car and its driver were subsequently taken to the premises of the border police for investigation.

It resulted that 1000 packs of duty-free cigarettes, to the value of 9.000 lei, were uncovered.

The border policemen are conducting investigations regarding the committing of the offence of smuggling and the cigarettes were seized.

In addition, the car used for committing the offence, to the value of 10.000 lei, was taken to the sector premises until the end of the investigation.

The Valea Vişeului Border Police also uncovered, following specific actions carried out at the Northern border, 21,680 packages of cigarettes of Ukrainian origin to the value of 195.700 lei.

The entire quantity of cigarettes was seized and verifications are continuing in order to identify the persons involved and to document the committing of the offence. 


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Boxes of seized cigarettes in front of parked cars, ©Romanian Border Police

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Boxes of cigarettes hidden inside a car, ©Romanian Border Police



Publication date
15 March 2017
European Anti-Fraud Office
News type
Partner's press release