8 kg of Heroin Stuffed Inside Toys Seized at Bulgaria's Border with Serbia
Customs officers at the Kalotina border crossing point have seized 8.217 kg of heroin worth BGN 1 M stuffed into two toys, Bulgaria's Customs Agency reported.
During an inspection of a bus, the officers grew suspicious of a toy truck that weighed heavier than normal and fount that it has been pierced and glued back together.
As they opened the toy, they found small plastic bags containing a light-brown powder.
The truck was found to belong to a 30-year-old Serbian national traveling on a bus from Turkey to Montenegro via Bulgaria.
An inspection of his luggage showed that he was also carrying a toy horse that had likewise been plastered with packs of heroin.
The offender said that he had been given the shipment in Turkey and had been told to smuggle the drugs into Serbia in exchange for EUR 1000.
The authorities seized 26 packs of heroin.
According to estimates of Milen Dimitrov, head of the Kalotina border crossing point, the shipment constitutes 15 000 individual doses.
Dimitrov says that toys have become a very popular tool for smuggling illegal goods such as drugs, fake ID documents, skimming devices and undeclared currency.
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