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Bulgaria: Police In Bulgaria's Bourgas Uncover

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 08:00:00 GMT

The Sofia Echo, 08 Feb 2007 - Police in the coastal city of Bourgas uncovered a depot for the processing of heroin, amphetamines and marijuana. The facility was located in a residential building. Two men aged 28 and 31 were behind the scheme, an Interior Ministry press release said.

Bulgaria: Teenagers in Bulgaria Oppose Drug Legalisation

Wed, 29 Mar 2006 08:00:00 GMT

The Sofia Echo, 29 Mar 2006 - Nearly two thirds of 6600 surveyed Bulgarian teenagers believe drugs should not be legalised, a poll shows. A seminar aimed at providing students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grade with information on narcotic substance usage and prevention took place yesterday, BGNES news agency reported. Similar seminars have been occurring since 2001. Children from 59 schools receive the information.

Bulgaria: Europe Criticises Bulgaria On Drug Laws

Tue, 06 Dec 2005 08:00:00 GMT

The Sofia Echo, 06 Dec 2005 - The European Commission demanded that Bulgaria's Parliament determine quickly what the amount of drugs constituting personal possession should be and accept measures for the decriminalisation of its possession. On Thursday, Parliament will consider changes to the penal code, which envisage imprisonment of between 10 and 15 years for anyone caught with a narcotic substance, regardless of its quantity. The EC sharply criticised Bulgaria for the lack of differentiation between people dependent on narcotic substances and drug dealers. Whatever the punishment for drug possession was, it should not be imprisonment, the EC suggested. In Austria, people in possession of only a small amount of a forbidden substance for personal use are usually accepted for treatment in medical centres, Novinar newspaper reported. In March last year the National Assembly criminalised the possession of a single dose. In this way, national authorities placed addicts among criminals, alongside drug dealers. Last week four non-government organisations presented a report stating that the measure was ineffective. Nearly 2500 people have been detained for drug possession in the past year. Experts, however, said that the court cannot determine which of these are addicts and which are dealers. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

Bulgaria: Traffic In Hash, Heroin Subsides

Mon, 11 Mar 2002 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Times, 11 Mar 2002 - New intelligence data show a significant drop in the flow of heroin from Afghanistan to Europe, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy said in Washington yesterday. "We have seen a significant decrease in heroin and hashish from Afghanistan to Europe since the American military campaign started in October," Mr. Passy said in an interview.

Bulgaria: WIRE: Bulgaria Seizes Cocaine Worth $56 Mln

Fri, 14 Aug 1998 07:00:00 GMT

Reuters, 14 Aug 1998 - Bulgarian customs said Friday they had seized some 1,480 pounds of cocaine with an approximate street value of $56 million at the Black Sea port of Varna - their biggest single haul ever. The cocaine was found hidden in a container during routine checks, customs spokesman Ivan Kutevski said from Varna. He gave no further details. Bulgaria, which lies on the so-called Balkan route for trafficking drugs from the Middle East to Western Europe, seized a total of 14.4 tons of drugs last year. (Reuters) - --- Checked-by: Mike Gogulski

Wire: Bulgarians admit role in Balkan route traficking

Wed, 29 Oct 1997 08:00:00 GMT

Reuters, 29 Oct 1997 - By Liliana Semerdjieva SOFIA, Oct 28 (Reuters) Bulgaria, on a longestablished drugs smuggling route from the Middle East to Western Europe, said on Tuesday its own people were playing a supporting role to powerful narcotics traffickers.

Bulgaria: Wire: Bulgarian customs make big heroin haul

Tue, 15 Apr 1997 07:00:00 GMT

Reuters, 15 Apr 1997 - SOFIA, April 14 (Reuter) Bulgarian customs said on Monday they had seized 29.5 kg (65 lb) of heroin at the main checkpoint on the border with Turkey. Customs spokesman Ivan Kutevski said the heroin was found concealed in a Yugoslavregistered car carrying two Yugoslavs at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint.

Headlines 04/04/1997

Fri, 04 Apr 1997 08:00:00 GMT

, 04 Apr 1997 - Standing waisthigh in red, pink and violet poppy flowers, a peasant delicately slits a plant bulb with a razor. Milkywhite opium gum, the key ingredient in heroin, oozes from the gash. [ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, PAY PER VIEW, 462 words, $1.00] Orlando Sees Increase in `Raves'

Bulgaria: Wire: Bulgarian customs forsake soccer to make drug bust

Fri, 04 Apr 1997 08:00:00 GMT

Reuters, 04 Apr 1997 - SOFIA, April 3 (Reuter) When seems a good time to smuggle heroin across the Bulgarian border? when Bulgaria's World Cup soccer team is in action and customs officers are glued to their television sets. Unfortunately for two Turkish smugglers, authorities at the Danube port of Rousse were on alert football or no football.