TURKS found a Zagreb-licensed truck at the Bulgarian border last Friday, which contained more than 16 tons of acetic anhydride, a compound used to produce heroin. To make the story more interesting, the truck has a built-in mechanism through which the driver can turn the license plate.
Last Friday, several Turkish media reported that on June 11, two trucks with Zagreb license plates were intercepted at the Kapikula border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey.
When inspecting the truck, the customs officers noticed that the customs declaration stated that the truck was carrying 20 tons of paper, but it had not been properly sealed when it arrived at the border.
Things looked suspicious, so customs officials sent trucks for X-ray scans. When scanning one of the trucks, they found materials of suspicious density, and the truck was transferred to the hangar where it was inspected in detail.
During the inspection, it was determined that an electronic mechanism was installed in the license plate area, through which the driver can rotate the license plate with the push of a button. The rotating table, as can be seen in the image, comes from Zagreb.
After discovering the carousel, Turkish customs officers further inspected the truck and found only two packs of paper. According to the declaration, there should be eight packs. The remaining space is occupied by buckets filled with liquid chemicals.
Analysis of the liquid determined that it was acetic anhydride, or acetic anhydride, used to produce heroin. These barrels contain 16,150 kg of acid anhydride, enough to produce 8 tons of heroin.
The customs officers then inspected the second truck that arrived at the border with the first truck. In the second truck, they only found legitimate goods-carpets and porcelain-but another truck appeared to have been sent to the border to deceive customs officials.
In other words, Turkish media claimed that the smugglers intended to deceive customs officers by checking only trucks containing legal goods, and they hoped that a second truck carrying 16 tons of acetic anhydride would cross the border with customs officers. the first.
The driver was arrested and the truck was impounded. The police did not reveal the identity of the arrested drivers, nor did they reveal their citizenship.
Index also sent an inquiry about this incident to the Ministry of the Interior, and we will make an announcement after receiving a response.