Bulgarian customs seize nearly 27 kg of heroin

21:10, January 31, 2011      

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Bulgarian customs officers have seized 26.95 kg of heroin at the country's Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint near the border with Turkey, officials said here on Monday.

According to the Customs Agency, the officers found the illicit drug in a Bulgarian car Nissan Patrol entering from Turkey, and driven by a 34-year-old Bulgarian citizen living in the frontier town of Svilengrad. He was accompanied by his 32-year-old spouse and their two children.

The heroin was split into 52 packets wrapped in black Scotch tape, and submerged in three large tin cans filled with black olives, the Customs Agency said.

Later on, a 33-year-old accomplice was arrested in Haskovo, a town some 80 km northwest of Kapitan Andreevo and Svilengrad.

Bulgaria, located on the southeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, is a key transit route for drugs smuggled from Asia to Europe.

Source: Xinhua
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