- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2020

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Bulgarian police have detained the head of the anti-drug trafficking unit and two other officers for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for protecting local and international drug trafficking rings.

“The men are suspected of opening an umbrella above the activity of organized crime groups engaged in trafficking of narcotics in Bulgaria and abroad,” chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev told reporters on Friday.

Geshev acknowledged that it was disturbing that these men “are the highest ranking anti-drug officers in Bulgaria and the main contact persons with our international partners, not only in the EU.”

Bulgaria, a Balkan country that joined the European Union in 2007, lies on one of the main routes for trafficking narcotics to Western Europe.

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