62 litres of liquid ecstasy for around 1mln doses seized at Sofia Airport


2012-03-12

62 litres of GBL drug substance or the so-called liquid ecstasy have been seized in the frames of a special operation carried out by officers from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department with the anti-drug unit at Sofia Airport Customs, the press office of the National Customs Agency announced.
The operation was launched on March 7, 2012, after customs officer seized 10 packages of a total of 5.5 litres of GBL. The drug substance was seized during the foiling of an attempt to transport it by truck to Germany.
The investigation revealed that the shipments were ordered through an internet website, based in Bulgaria, which is owned by a company dealing with detergents.
The substance was advertised as detergent, offered to English and German speaking clients.
A pre-court proceeding has been initiated and the customs officers at Sofia Airport started monitoring the owner of the company and several addresses.
On March 9 the owner of the company was arrested while handing 3 other parcels at an express courier's company. Authorities raided two premises of the company and busted a laboratory for drug packaging. During the raid customs officers found 55 litres of GBL, empty bottles, labels and e-mail communication.
According to initial information the drug trafficking ring has been operating for 8 months.
The nearly 62 litres of the drug substance are enough for almost one million doses.
The operation was realised in cooperation with the anti-drug unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime, the German criminal customs service (ZKA) and DEA-Bulgaria.