Two foreign citizens, one Greek and one Ukrainian, are under investigation for smuggling cult items and consumer goods, worth over MDL 1.3 million.
Detention occurred on October 1, at the exit of the Cahul customs post, following the check of the existing operating data on smuggling activities, organized by a group of foreigners.
The goods were transported by two drivers of a passenger bus, running from Ukraine to Greece.
According to the data, provided by inspectors of the mobile teams, the drivers asked the passengers to include the goods in their customs declarations, so that the value of the lots would not exceed the taxable amount of EUR 300.
Following the inspection, border officers detected 1881 icons, some having precious metal in their composition, about 500 kg of sweets, 450 kg of olive oil and other goods without any accompanying documents.
The bus drivers were initially detained for 72 hours and upon their expiration, an arrest warrant for 30 days was issued.
If found guilty of smuggling, the suspects risk punishment by imprisonment from 3 to 10 years.
Additionally, according to the customs authorities statement, an internal investigation to determine the possible involvement of customs officials in the offense was initiated.