Tens of thousands of cigarettes were seized at the Kulata border crossing between Bulgaria and Greece on January 31.
Nikolai Shoushkov, head of customs at the border crossing, said the cigarettes were found in a car with a Bulgarian registration.
The cigarettes were found in the luggage and in hidden compartments in the car, Focus news agency quoted Shoushkov as saying.
The cigarettes had Serbian and Bulgarian excise labels, but accompanying documents needed to export the cigarettes were missing and the quantities exceeded European norms for free export of cigarettes several times, Shoushkov said. The cigarettes had been seized and a statement had been taken.
The cigarettes were intended for the Italian market, Shoushkov said.
As the Sofia Echo reported in November 2007, a person is allowed to export a total of 800 cigarettes for personal use to an EU country, which means four cartons a person.