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June 26, 2022

Drugs worth EUR 6 M confiscated

The crime group dismantled consisted of Columbian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Italian citizens and was specialized in the international trafficking of high-risk drugs.

DIICOT prosecutors along with judiciary police officers from the Antidrug Office dismantled a cross-border organized crime group consisting of Columbian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Italian citizens specializing in the international trafficking of high-risk drugs, namely of cocaine.The group was one of the most active and secretive drug trafficking networks in Europe and had extremely violent members who, under the coordination of the leaders of the group – defendants Banev Evelin Nikolov (48) and Radoslav Georgiev Atanasov (42) –, were organizing the shipment of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from South America to Western Europe. The drugs were transported with yachts to cargo vessels, from which they were taken on speedboats and then offloaded in ports. As an alternative route, the defendants wanted a part of the high-risk drugs bought in South America to enter the European Union’s territory through Romania’s Constanta port. In this context, in April 2012 DIICOT prosecutors captured approximately 50 kilograms of pure cocaine (purity 93 per cent) which were brought to Romania by members of the group. The value of the drugs stands at EUR 6 M. The defendants are currently detained in Italy on similar charges. During the investigations DIICOT prosecutors collaborated with the Army’s General Intelligence Directorate as well as with authorities in Greece, Bulgaria and Italy.

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