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Bulgaria seizes 47kg of heroin

2008-01-06 13:46

Sofia - Bulgarian customs officials have seized 47 kilogrammes of heroin on the border with Macedonia, a customs agency spokesperson was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The drug was hidden in a car travelling from Turkey to Albania which was stopped at the south-western Gyueshevo border checkpoint, customs spokesperson Marina Marinova told BTA news agency.

The heroin was distributed in 80 packages wrapped up in oilskin and powdered over with strong-smelling spices in order to trick the customs dogs.

The 50-year-old Turkish driver of the car was arrested, she added.

This is the first heroin bust on Bulgaria's borders this year - the authorities seized over one tonne of the drug in 2007.

The Balkan country that joined the European Union last January lies on the principle drug-trafficking route from Turkey to Western Europe.