Bulgaria Cracks Down on Migrant Smuggling Ring via Serbia

Crime | November 18, 2016, Friday // 13:02
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Cracks Down on Migrant Smuggling Ring via Serbia File photo, BGNES

Bulgarian authorities have busted a people smuggling ring bringing migrants to Western Europe via Serbia, the national security service says.

The joint operation has been conducted in coordination among the Interior Ministry, the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and the the regional prosecutor's office in Vidin, northwestern Bulgaria.

Two Bulgarian nationals have been arrested.

Pretrial proceedings have been launched over people smuggling.

Another one, also a Bulgarian national, has been detained. Police maintain he drove as many as 82 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, of whom 78 were registered in Bulgaria upon their entry from Turkey.

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