SOFIA, March 29 (Xinhua) — Bulgarian customs inspectors have seized 7.977 kg of smuggled gold jewelry at the country’s Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint near the border with Turkey, officials said Monday.
The precious items were found on Friday in a bus, which was travelling from Turkey to North Macedonia via Bulgaria, the National Customs Agency said in a statement.
Based on risk analysis, the customs officers x-rayed the vehicle and found a secret compartment containing 25 packs with 1,674 bracelets, rings, medallions, necklaces, and earrings, the statement said. The jewelry was made of 14-carat gold.
The items, priced at 365,207 U.S. dollars, were confiscated, the statement added.
Bulgarian customs seized 23 kg of gold in 2020, according to their last annual report. Enditem