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Bulgarian customs at the Malko Tarnovo checkpoint have seized 9.474 kg of heroin hidden in a secret compartment into the gas bottle of a car entering from Turkey, officials said Monday.

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The drug, split into nine packets, was found after a thorough inspection, the National Customs Agency said in a press release.
The car was registered in Bulgaria. Its driver, a Bulgarian citizen, was detained.
Authorities estimated the value of the heroin on the black market would exceed 480,000 U.S. dollars.
The Balkan country is a key transit route for drugs smuggled from Asia to Europe. In 2014, Bulgaria seized more than 1 tonne of heroin, 50 tonnes of marijuana, 0.1 tonne of cocaine and half a tonne of synthetic drugs. Enditem

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