SLOVAK customs officers over the weekend seized almost 12 kilogrammes of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for methamphetamine production, carried by a Polish citizen on a Polish bus, Financial Directorate spokesperson Patrícia Maciková told the TASR newswire.
The Polish citizen, named only as Slawomir M., was apprehended near Šahy (Nitra Region) near the Slovak-Hungarian border on a bus heading from southern Europe to Poland.
"Customs officers from Štúrovo (Nitra Region) and the Criminal Bureau of the Financial Directorate checked a bus with Polish licence plates near the Šahy crossing on Saturday. During a check of the luggage belonging to Polish citizen Slawomir M., they found five kilogrammes [of pseudoephedrine] in a plastic bag," said Maciková as quoted by TASR, adding that the it was lying loose in the vehicle with no apparent attempt to hide it.
In the end they found a another 6.5 kilogrammes of pseudoephedrine, valued at €100,000.
The bus was also carrying quantities of other illegally acquired goods.
"[The customs officers] seized more than 10,000 pieces of goods, mainly perfumes, clothing, footwear and leather products, of which the passengers weren't able to demonstrate that they've acquired them legally, and there was a suspicion of violating intellectual property," said Maciková.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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25. Feb 2014 at 10:00