Bulgarians Busted in Spain over Huge Cocaine Shipment Remain in Custody

Crime | August 17, 2012, Friday // 19:45|  views

The 3 tons of cocaine seized in Spain is of very high grade and its value is estimated at around EUR 150 M. Photo by BTA

The 21 Bulgarian sailors who were apprehended in Spain on Tuesday after a Bulgarian ship carrying 3 tons of cocaine was captured are to remain in custody, a Spanish court has ruled.

The Bulgarians were among the 31 people nabbed by Spanish authorities after the massive cocaine cargo brought from South America on the SV Nikolay ship were seized

On Friday, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov discussed the case over the phone with his Spanish counterpart Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

Diaz and Tsvetanov are expected to meet in Madrid next Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Tsvetanov told local media that it would be made clear after that meeting whether the trial against the 21 Bulgarian sailors would be held in Bulgaria or in Spain.

The Bulgarian Interior Minister did not rule out the possibility of some of the sailors being innocent.

Also on Friday, Tsvetanov claimed that the owner and the captain of the SV Nikolay ship that was busted off Spain carrying 3000 kilos of high purity cocaine knew about the cocaine shipment.

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Tags: Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Spain, cadiz, Cocaine, ship, Bulgarians, seaborne trade, Burgas, drugs, captain


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