Банкеръ Weekly



Abundant information about goods and cargoes liable to special control (electrical household appliances, fuels, spirits, cigarettes, coffee, etc.) goes from Border Police each year to the National Service for Combating Organized Crime (NSCOC), but the service has not caughta single big fish from the contraband business yet. This conclusion can be drawn after the 3-hour meeting of teh Parliamentary Commission of Internal Security amd Public Order, held on June 4, when the deputies listened to colonel Valeri Grigorov, Director of the National Border Police Service. He was called by the MPs in connection with the Internal Ministry's report on contraband channels.Border Police does not have any infromation about such channels, colonel Grigorov said. Its main tasks are to guard Bulgaria's borders and to effect border, passport and visa control. It also has obligations to coordinate the information about contraband and to control excise goods and cargoes. The Director of Border Police said in front of the deputies that in the last year and a half 232 cases of smuggling were established at the border check points when working in cooperation with the Customs Agency. Information about that has been presented to the NSCOC where it is being analyzed. About 10,300 info bulletins have been sent to the NSCOC since the beginning of 2003, and 27,806 - in 2002. They include 13,590 about electric household appliances, 4,968 about spirits, 5,064 about fuels, 498 about coffee, and 3,686 about cigarettes. The bulletins contain detailed information about the vehicle, the owner, the origin of the goods, and the consignee, colonel Grigorov explained. This is done for all goods liable to special control which pass into the country through border check points, no matter if any violations have been found or not. Problems in the interaction between Border Police and the NSCOC were mentioned by the Internal Ministry's Chief Secretary general Boyko Borissov back on November 19, 2001, when he attended a working meeting when the operation of Border Police was analyzed. Then it became known that in the first nine months of that year Border Police had sent to the NSCOC 261 operational reports, but there had been information in turn from there. Five days later the NSCOC boasted to have worked on 274 more significant cases of organized crime, 101 of which about smuggling.

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