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As a result of a joint operation of the Republic of Bulgaria, France and Germany, a Bulgarian criminal network, which has been involved in activities related to soliciting to prostitution and human trafficking, has been neutralized

On 03.07.2018, during a joint operation, SANS, Ministry of Interior (MoI) and National Investigation Service (NIS) officials, under the guidance of and supervision of the Oryahovo Regional Prosecutor’s Office (ORPO), conducted activities for neutralizing a criminal network involved in activities related to soliciting to prostitution and human trafficking.

Pre-trial proceedings were initiated on the case on which the investigation was tasked to the NIS by the Chief Prosecutor.

Twenty searches in Bulgaria (in the cities of Sofia, Pleven and Bourgas), in Germany (in the cities of Kel and Offenburg) as well as in France (in the suburbs of the city of Annecy) were conducted in parallel.

Five individuals were detained in Bulgaria, three in Germany and two in France.

During the investigation it has been established that since 2015 to date, dozens of young women from Bulgaria have arrived in Eastern France near the German border, who were promised some work, but instead were forced to prostitute.

Based on the information provided by the Internal Security Service to the Embassy of the Republic of France in Bulgaria, the Prosecutor’s Office in Strasbourg initiated a preliminary investigation.

Taking into account the scope of the criminal network activities and for the purposes of tracing the financial flows, in the investigation were involved competent bodies from France, Germany and Bulgaria.

With the Eurojust support, a joint investigation team was established, which included officials of the Interregional Special Court in Nancy, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as the Oryahovo Regional Prosecutor’s Office which is the competent body taking into account the origin of the majority of female victims of that kind of criminal activity.

 
As a result of a joint operation of the State Agency for National Security (SANS), the Ministry of Interior (MoI), and the Prosecutor’s Office, an extended scheme for laundering of money, which have been acquired through criminal activities in Wester

On 02.07.2018 in Sofia, SANS and MoI officials, under the guidance and supervision of Sofia Regional Prosecutor’s Office (SRPO), conducted operations for neutralizing an extended money-laundering scheme on the territories of France and Belgium.

The suspended financial transactions amount to the total value of 1 410 169 euro.

Pre-trial proceedings were initiated on the case.

With an order of a SRPO prosecutor, two individuals have been detained for a 72-hour period – a Bulgarian and an Israeli national.

It has been found out that both persons have registered a number of trade companies in Sofia, in whose accounts money from abroad have been transferred without having real trade deals. Both persons were aware that the transferred money was acquired through fraudulent activities.

The work on this case is currently going on.

 
As a result of a joint operation of the State Agency for National Security (SANS), the Customs Agency, the Ministry of Interior, and the Prosecutor’s Office, an international channel for trafficking precursors from Asia to the EU has been neutralized

On 07.06.2018, SANS officials, together with the Customs Agency and Criminal Police General Directorate within the Ministry of Interior and under the guidance of the Varna Regional Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor’s Office conducted an operation for neutralizing an international channel for trafficking precursors from Asia to the EU.

Those joint activities were taken in the framework of pre-trial proceedings.

From January 2017 to March 2018, as a result of operative-investigation activities of SANS, the Customs Agency and under the control of Varna Regional Prosecutor’s Office, three attempts for contraband import of precursors for production of synthetic drugs mdma and amphetamine from Asia through Varna-West Port have been suspended.

The first delivery contained 4.3 tons of precursors PMK (piperonilmetilketon), the second one – 7.5 tons of preprecursors APAA (alphaphenilacetoacetamid), and the third one – 4.4 tons of precursors APAAN (alphaphenilacetoacetnitril).

Two foreign citizens (Netherlands nationals) have been detained in the framework of that case.

After processing the precursors and production of end synthetic drugs, the value of the produced quantities could be assessed to over 40 million euro.

The work on this case is continuing in order other persons’ involvement in the criminal activity to be identified and confirmed.

On 07.06.2018, SANS officials, together with the Customs Agency and Criminal Police General Directorate within the MoI and under the guidance of the Varna Regional Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor’s Office conducted an operation for neutralizing an international channel for trafficking precursors from Asia to the EU.

Those joint activities were taken in the framework of pre-trial proceedings.

From January 2017 to March 2018, as a result of operative-investigation activities of SANS, the Customs Agency and under the control of Varna Regional Prosecutor’s Office, three attempts for contraband import of precursors for production of synthetic drugs mdma and amphetamine from Asia through Varna-West Port have been suspended.

The first delivery contained 4.3 tons of precursors PMK (piperonilmetilketon), the second one – 7.5 tons of preprecursors APAA (alphaphenilacetoacetamid), and the third one – 4.4 tons of precursors APAAN (alphaphenilacetoacetnitril).

Two foreign citizens (Netherlands nationals) have been detained in the framework of that case.

After processing the precursors and production of end synthetic drugs, the value of the produced quantities could be assessed to over 40 million euro.

The work on this case is continuing in order other persons’ involvement in the criminal activity to be identified and confirmed.
 
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