Bulgarian police seizes half a ton of heroin set for Western Europe

The heroin arrived in Bulgaria in four large containers by ship, which were then transported by trucks to the warehouse in Sliven. About 3-4 kg of the drug was hidden in each cavity on marble tiles. [Shutterstock/C_KAWI]

Bulgarian police seized 500kg of heroin hidden in a warehouse in the industrial zone of the southern Bulgarian city of Sliven, having arrived through the port of Varna, which is emerging as a major entry point for drug trafficking through the Balkans to the EU.

The heroin arrived in Bulgaria in four large containers by ship, which were then transported by trucks to the warehouse in Sliven. About 3-4 kg of the drug was hidden in each cavity, on marble tiles. 

The heroin was transported by two Turkish citizens who were arrested. The investigation into this particularly large shipment lasted about four months. 

The Bulgarian prosecutor’s office described the operation as a success. “As an external border of the EU, Bulgaria did not allow heroin to be directed to other countries,” the Bulgarian authorities said in a statement. They were assisted in the operation by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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