Bulgarian law enforcement busts people-trafficking organised crime group in Sofia

In a joint operation on March 7 by Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security, Interior Ministry and prosecutors, an organised crime group involved in people-trafficking migrants was bust in capital city Sofia.

The operation focused on people-trafficking near Lion Bridge in the city. More than 10 people were arrested and six are expected to face charges of human trafficking.

Those arrested include both Bulgarian citizens and nationals of foreign countries, from the Arab world, according to a report by Bulgarian National Television.

In a search of hostels, weapons were found, the report said.

Seventy-four people were checked in the operation against illegal migration. During the operation, three foreigners were found to be without identity documents.

On the night of March 6, Sofia police stopped a lorry on Lomsko Chaussee. There were 60 foreigners on board, most of them with identity documents. However, a breathalyser test established that the driver was several times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

(Photo: Bart Groenhuizen/sxc.hu)




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