Channel for trafficking over 70 kg of heroin worth over BGN 6 million smashed at Bulgarian border checkpoint


2011-07-07
A channel for trafficking more than 70 kg of heroin worth over BGN 6 million has been smashed at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border in an operation carried out by Customs Agency and the unit for fight with organized crime at Haskovo District Police Directorate, announced the police directorate.
On Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. local time customs officers stopped a car coming from Turkey and driven by a 32-year-old Bulgarian from the southern town of Svilengrad. In the trunk the inspectors found a 30-liter tube full of green detergent. On its bottom they found 31 packages whose content tested positive for heroin. The case was reported to the local crime-busters, who uncovered the other part of the group and cars transporting the drugs. Two more cars were checked. A 27-year-old man from the town of Svilengrad was traveling in one of them and 34 packages of heroin were found in a tube in the vehicle. The second car was driven by a 24-year-old man from the southern city of Yambol and 34 packages of heroin were discovered in a tube in the vehicle.
2,060 kg of heroin hidden in two packages of diapers was uncovered in a van driven by a 32-year-old man from the southern town of Sliven. A 37-year-old man from the same town was traveling in the van too. Later the police detained the receiver of the packages in the southern town of Haskovo - a 39-year-old man from the southern city of Plovdiv and a 28-year-old woman from a southern village.
According to the information obtained by the Bulgarian services some of the remaining heroin was hidden in the region of Kapikule after the operation. After the Turkish border authorities were informed a fourth tube similar to the previous three was found close to a duty-free shop. The tube contained 17 kg of heroin.
A total of 134 packages weighing 70,66 kg were discovered. The drug is estimated at more than BGN 6 million. The organized criminal group of 10 members is detained in the police stations in the towns of Haskovo and Svilengrad.
Pre-trial proceedings have been opened.