Bulgarian police seize $44 million worth of cocaine from apartmentReuters | Sofia | Updated: 27-05-2020 19:46 IST | Created: 27-05-2020 19:30 IST
Bulgarian police on Wednesday seized more than $43 million worth of cocaine from an apartment in the capital Sofia, occupied by a man who was detained a day earlier after police found 40 kg of the drug in his car, prosecutors said in a statement. A total of 327 packages, weighing about 1 kg each and marked with car logos and playing cards, were found, they said.
Police said that the high-purity cocaine with an estimated street value of more than 40 million euros ($44 million) had been mainly destined for Western Europe and Asia. "Only a small part was to be sold in Bulgaria," senior police commissioner Georgi Hadzhiev said. "Considering the upcoming summer season, about 35-40 kg were for the Bulgarian market."
Bulgaria, a Balkan country with a population of fewer than 7 million, has long served as a key route for smugglers moving goods between Europe and southwest Asia.