Romanian police intercepted 50 kilograms of heroin in the cabin of a tractor-trailer driven by a Bulgarian citizen, at a border crossing point in the south, according to a statement released on Monday by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
The border police discovered the drug on Sunday, at the Calafat Border Crossing Point, Dolj County, on the north bank of the Danube River. When conducting a routine inspection, the police found in a travel bag hidden among luggage and food bags, several packages containing approximately 50 kg of heroin.
The market value of this batch of heroin is estimated at 1.5 million euros (1.6 million U.S. dollars), according to DIICOT.
The Bulgarian citizen, 38, was detained and then submitted on Monday to the Bucharest Tribunal, with a proposal for preventive arrest for a period of 30 days.
The driver claimed that the travel bag belonged to a friend of his, who had asked him to take it to Switzerland.
Due to its geographical location, Romania forms part of the Balkan route for drug smuggling.