Monday, September 9, 2013

Bulgarian coins by post

Source: ICE
In May LM noted the return of 546 ancient coins to Bulgaria. further details of the case have emerged ("Investigation on Bulgaria ancient coins smuggling in U.S. continues", Focus Information Agency, September 7, 2013).
The coins were seized in a post parcel, they were not smuggled by a person. They were sent by post, to a post box in Newark, at the seaport, that is why the investigation takes place there, [HSI Special Agent] Thomas Mulhall explained.
It appears that US officials had been looking out for consignments.
In September 2011, HSI special agents learned of a shipment of ancient coins from Bulgaria destined for the United States. HSI New York, in close coordination with CBP’s Customs Air Cargo Examination Facility, examined and seized the coins. An investigation of the coins revealed the shipment contained a false country of origin, a false description of the commodity and were undervalued.
No doubt we will hear grumbles from a paid lobbyist speaking on behalf of the purveyors of such merchandise.

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