Sofia. A car with a Croatian license plate transporting more than 13,1 tons of acetic anhydride has been seized at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told FOCUS News Agency.
He specified that this is the biggest amount of acetic anhydride ever seized in Bulgaria. According to the documents the car was transporting paper rolls. The 13 white containers holding the chemical compound were hidden in the rolls.
Acetic anhydride is used for heroin synthesis. Minister Tsvetanov added that the police operation was organized by Europol, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian services.
The police detained the two people transporting the chemical compound, the minister added.
Since 1 ton of acetic anhydride is enough to produce about 400 kg of heroin, then nearly 5 tons of heroin could have been made of the substance seized, the minister said.
On 29 April 2010 the Chief Directorate for Fight against Organized Crime seized 8 tons of acetic anhydride in an operation carried out in cooperation with DEA in the western Bulgarian village of Gurmazovo. First the police found one ton of acetic anhydride which was prepared for transportation. During the investigation they uncovered more than seven more tons of the precursor. Then the police detained a 51-year-old man and his 28-year-old son.
13 September 2010
FOCUS News Agency
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