A four-legged employee of the National Tax and Customs Administration was sniffing through more than 60 suitcases when she found a suspicious one. In the luggage of a Turkish man, Jázmin (Jasmine), the drug-sniffing dog, found more than 500 packs of unmarked cigarettes.
News portal Világgazdaság reported that Jázmin, the National Tax and Customs Office’s drug-sniffing dog, found hundreds of packets of smuggled cigarettes in a suitcase on a tourist bus. The tax officers stopped a Belgian tourist bus for a more thorough search at Hegyeshalom (northwestern Hungary, on the border with Austria and less than 15 km from the border with Slovakia). The vehicle and the luggage of its 58 passengers were also searched thoroughly by Jázmin.
550 packets of cigarettes of different brands without Hungarian stamps were found in the suitcases of the Turkish man.
The passenger who had been hiding the cigarettes said that he had intended to transport and sell them in Germany.
Photo via Facebook/Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal
After the search, the vehicle was allowed to continue its tour with 57 passengers. The 45-year-old man was prosecuted for an income tax offense and could face a fine of almost HUF 2 million (EUR 5,217).
The patrol officers confiscated the cigarettes, which were worth around HUF 2 million (EUR 5,217).
The purchase of Jázmin, the hero of the search, was financially supported by the European Union’s Customs Control Equipment Instrument (CCEI) program.
FactThe CCEI responds to the increasing and pressing priority to ensure solid border management and internal security. The Customs Control Equipment Instrument allows Member States to purchase, maintain, and upgrade state-of-the-art customs equipment such as new scanners, automated number plate detection systems, teams of sniffer dogs, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis. It has a budget of €1,006 million for the period 2021-2027.
Via Világgazdaság, Featured image via Facebook/Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal