Bulgaria seizes 80 kilos of heroin at Turkish border


2009-09-04

Bulgarian customs seized 80.7 kilos (177.5 pounds) of heroin at the southeastern Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey, the customs agency said Wednesday. The drugs - the biggest-ever single haul at any border checkpoint this year - were divided up into 156 packages and hidden in Serbian truck carrying furniture, the agency said in a statement. The truck's 19-year-old driver, traveling from Turkey to Serbia, was arrested. For court purposes, the estimated value of the drugs was put at BGN 7.25 million (3.7 million euros, 5.3 million dollars), but their street value was around three times higher, the agency noted. A total of 251 kilos of heroin have been seized in eight separate operations at Kapitan Andreevo this year. Bulgaria lies on the main international drug-trafficking route from Central Asia to Western Europe via the Balkans. It regularly makes heroin seizures at its borders.