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Romanian authorities confiscated 1,452 kilograms of heroin

Christian Fernsby |
Romanian authorities confiscated 1,452 kilograms of heroin allegedly from Iran at a Black Sea port in one of the biggest seizures of the drug in the European Union in recent years, officials said Thursday.

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The heroin, which was hidden among construction materials in two containers and destined for Western Europe, and was seized on May 10 at the Port of Constanta, Romania’s anti-organized crime agency said.

The agency called it a “historical seizure” and said that it was the second-largest heroin haul in the European Union in recent years. The drugs were transported by a criminal network made up of Romanian and foreign citizens, according to a statement.

On Thursday, law enforcement officers searched three homes in Romania and five other raids were carried out in two Western European countries.

Romania said that it had received support from a number of agencies, including U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration representatives from the US Embassy, and the EU’s Europol and Eurojust. Judicial authorities in eight EU countries supported the action.

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