US Drug Enforcement Agency to Open Sofia Office Tuesday

Diplomacy | April 3, 2012, Tuesday // 09:07|  views

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov (front) confirmed the opening of the DEA office in Sofia on December 7 2012 at a meeting with DEA Regional Director Mark Destito (back right). Photo by Interior Ministry

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will open its office in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Tuesday.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and DEA Acting Administrator Michelle Lionheart will be present at the official opening.

The planned DEA office in the Bulgarian capital was announced by Tsvetanov and US Ambassador in Sofia James Warlick in December 2011.

The basis for cooperation between DEA and Bulgarian authorities was formed in the 1990s, when DEA began collaborating with the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime (GDBOP) on several investigations involving significant drug trafficking organizations operating in the region, which resulted in notable seizures.

The USA has been mulling the opening of a DEA office in Sofia for some time as part of the efforts to boost law enforcement cooperation.

DEA offices already exist in Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic and other European countries, reminds.

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