Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Western Europe (RILO WE) and Interpol congratulated the Customs Authority on the results achieved during the “ODYSSEUS” action aimed at preventing illegal trade and smuggling of cultural heritage.
The aforementioned operation was conducted in the period from May 5 to June 6, 2014 under the sponsorship of the World Customs Organisation (SCO), after the initiative of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Western Europe.
During that period, the customs officers at Horgoš border crossing point prevented two attempts of smuggling one bronze jar and 33 metal coins suspected to be golden.
The metal coins were detected on May 25, 2014, when a Bulgarian citizen tried to smuggle them out of Republic of Serbia.
31 coins were discovered in a bag under the back seat of the vehicle, while 2 coins were found in the shirt pocket of the fellow traveller.
Two days before that, on May 22, 2014 a Bulgarian citizen travelling from Haskovo to Bratislava was prevented from smuggling a bronze jar out of Republic of Serbia.
He attempted to smuggle the object by wrapping the jar into a sheet and hiding it between the driver’s seat and the back seat.