Four men charged after action at Port of Dover uncovers stolen antiques and rigged gambling table

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Action at the port between October 24 and 28 saw thousands of pounds in cash and potentially stolen Bulgarian antiques seized by Border Force.

2 November 2020Four men charged after action at Port of Dover uncovers stolen antiques and rigged gambling table

By Katie Boyden

The Port of Dover. (Image: Adam Gerrard)

Four men have been charged with various offences following investigations at the Port of Dover, Kent. Action at the port between October 24 and 28 saw thousands of pounds in cash and potentially stolen Bulgarian antiques seized by Border Force. Last Saturday evening (October 24) Border Force stopped a van and car attempting to leave the UK.

They found GBP110,000 in the van and GBP50,000 in the car. Albert Murataj, 34, and Elton Allaraj, 30, both of Garden Close, Maidstone were arrested as part of enquiries and charged with concealing criminal property. On October 26, a suspected rigged gambling table was found by Kent Police during the search of a vehicle heading into the UK from France.

The table, along with a large magnet, remote control, dice, playing cards and an envelope containing cash were seized. Mihai Iordan, 51, of McKean Road, Oldbury, West Midlands was arrested and charged with possessing equipment for use in connection with fraud and possession of criminal property, namely cash. In the early hours of last Tuesday morning (October 27) Border Force officers searched a lorry and trailer as it entered the UK.

Two black bags containing antiques, believed to have been stolen from Bulgaria, were found in the trailer. The driver was unable to account for the items, which included coins and jewellery. Dimitar Dimitrov, 41, from Romania was arrested and has been charged with dishonestly dealing in cultural objects along with the possession of criminal property, namely Bulgarian antiquities.

Court appearances Murataj and Allaraj appeared at Medway Magistrates Court on October 26 and have since been released on bail. They are next due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on November 23.

Iordan appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court on October 27 and has since been released on bail.

He is next due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on November 30.

Dimitrov was remanded in custody and will next appear at Canterbury Crown Court on November 30.

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