Saturday, February 24, 2007

Turkish heroin truck seized on Macedonia border

SKOPJE, Macedonia-Authorities seized 33,5 kilograms (740 pounds) of heroin on Macedonia's border with Bulgaria and arrested two suspected smugglers, police said Friday.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of €400,000 (US$525,000), were found in a Turkish truck carrying electric equipment at the Deve Bair border crossing.

Police arrested the truck driver, a Turkish citizen, and an ethnic Albanian man suspected of organizing the shipment.

Macedonia is a conduit for drugs headed for the European market.

Police in January found 483 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of cocaine in a truck near the border with Kosovo, in a record haul worth €45 million (US$59 million).

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