Bulgarian customs authorities report the seizure of 712 kilos (1,566 lbs) of heroin, valued the record heroin haul at 23 million euros ($27 million US).
The shipment was found in two trucks with Iranian registration, passing over the Turkish border into Bulgaria, at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint. Haskovo regional prosecutor Ivan Stoyanov announced that the trucks, bound for Austria, contained heroin that was hidden in sealed bags stashed between their load which officially been declared as construction and building materials.
Both drivers, Iranian citizens, were arrested and if convicted of drug trafficking charges could be sentenced to 20 years in jail.
As reported by various sources, including Hugh Tomlinson of the London newspaper, The Times who in November 2011, wrote that the Revolutionary Guards are heavily involved in the international drug trade, both directly and via proxies. The report shows that despite the Khomeiniist regime’s insistence on a zero-tolerance stance toward drug traffickers, dealers and users, it is in actual fact the regime officials who feign outrage in order to deflect suspicion and therefore protect its own business. Abolfazl Eslami, a former Iranian diplomat who defected to Japan in 2006 and began to expose the Iranian regime has reported that “The IRGC has been involved in the drug trade for years. The group was motivated by both a desire to fund the militia independently and to destroy the West.”