Prosecutors Want 2 Men Nabbed over Bulgaria Cocaine Ship to Remain in Custody

Crime | August 20, 2012, Monday // 09:58|  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

Bulgaria's Specialized Prosecutor's Office is to request the permanent detention of two suspects allegedly involved in the shipment of 3 tons of cocaine on a Bulgarian ship that was busted in Spain last week.

The suspects are Doychin Doychev, owner of the Seaborne Trade company and the SV Nikolay ship, and Ruslan Kolev, the man who recruited the ship's sailors.

Local authorities suspect that Kolev organized the drug trafficking operation.

On Saturday, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that Kolev had a legal construction business in the country and a very comfortable income.

Some of the 21 Bulgarian sailors busted in Spain may face criminal charges, Bulgarian media say.

On August 13, Spanish authorities nabbed 31 people, including 21 Bulgarians, after seizing 3 tons of cocaine brought from South America on a ship caught off the southern coast.

The operation codenamed Cartel has been carried out jointly by GDBOP, the French police, the US DEA and the UK COKA.

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