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Macedonian police arrest 13 in clothes smuggling

March 7, 2014

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say they have arrested 13 people, including the head of a customs office at the Macedonia-Bulgaria border crossing, on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling designer clothing from Greece and Bulgaria.

Police spokesman Ivo Kotevski said Friday the group had been under surveillance for months. Seven of those arrested were employees of the customs office at the Novo Selo border crossing.

Police said “enormous quantities” of branded clothes were smuggled through that crossing when those customs officials were on duty.

Kotevski said they would be charged for abuse of power, criminal association, smuggling and falsifying legal documents. He added that search operations for smuggled clothes were also underway in eight Macedonian cities.

Police also seized eight vehicles.

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