170 kilos of cocaine in found floating in Black SeaEuropost
Six packages containing about 170 kilos of high-quality cocaine have been found floating in the Black Sea, to the south of Cape Shabla, close to the Bulgarian-Romanian border, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said Wednesday at the start of the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers. According to Marinov, the case mostly likely concerns handover of cocaine in open sea.
The Bulgarian and Romanian authorities have been working on the case since April 5. A big quantity of cocaine was found in Romania as well. Monitoring of the Black Sea in the area of Shabla has been stepped up.
More information about the intercepted drug was made available by Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Ivailo Ivanov who said, speaking at a news conference in Kavarna, on the Black Sea, that the Border Police intercepted six bags containing packages of cocaine which were floating to the south of Cape Shabla tied to life vests. Ivanov said that more cocaine may be discovered because several more life vests were found without bags tied to them. Weather permitting, helicopters and divers are to join the operation to find the entire cache, Ivanov said.
The Director of the Directorate General for Organized Crime Control, Ivailo Spiridonov, said that the 169 kilos of cocaine found so far in the operation are estimated at 13.6 million leva at wholesale prices. The shipment is suspected to be part of international trafficking from South America but it is unclear whether the recipients are in Bulgaria or Romania, or elsewhere.
The Interior Ministry advised people to alert the police or the 112 emergency phone number if they see suspicious bags on the shore where the cocaine was found. Ivanov said that the cocaine is of very high purity, more than 90 per cent, poses a health threat and cannot be used directly.
On his way to the government meeting, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that two days ago more than one tonne of marijuana was intercepted by Bulgarian customs inspectors. Borissov also said that record-high quantities of drugs were detained at the Bulgarian borders in the past two years.