Bulgaria: Heads of drug trafficking scandal from the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime arrested

Bulgaria: Heads of drug trafficking scandal from the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime arrested

Two senior officers from the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime (GDCOC) and an Interior Ministry official were arrested during a special operation on Thursday. The arrests were made against the head of the department for the fight against drug trafficking of the GDCOC and the head of the department at the same Directorate, as well as an employee of the Ministry of Interior.

All three remained in custody for 24 hours. The head of the GDCOC was arrested while taking bribes.

This was announced by Attorney General Ivan Geshev in an emergency briefing with Interior Minister Mladen Marinov.

The Attorney General said that investigations continue in many locations and homes. The case involves an organized crime group associated with bribery, operating as an umbrella for drug trafficking and selling even outside Bulgaria.

“These are the leaders in the fight against drugs in our country, as well as our main contacts with our international partners”, Geshev stressed.

The Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of the Interior are adamant and will continue to be in all criminal cases, regardless of whether or not the crimes were committed by our employees.

It is in the interest of Bulgarian citizens to clean our house and this is what we are doing. This level of awareness had not been achieved in Bulgaria’s recent history, the Attorney General announced.

Geshev added that it is not their job to solve staffing problems in other departments. Whether and what changes will be made to the GDCOC falls under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior.

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov has instructed the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime to take control and will propose changes to its structure. He described what happened as very unpleasant.

“I have instructed the Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the GDCOC’s work and the fight against drug trafficking, so that I can discuss with the Prime Minister and make a correct and informed decision on changes in the structure of the Directorate, in order to delete his name”, the Interior Minister stated.

He noted that this is a service that “works with our partners from the EU and from around the world, it is important to maintain the confidence we have in these contacts”.

There is a carcass in every herd, a proverb says. What we are doing should not be taken as a bad omen for the Ministry of the Interior. There are also problems in the prosecution department, but we solve our problems. For those who work with criminals, who open their umbrellas, who have chosen to work with crime and not against it, the Minister of the Interior and I will be adamant, said Ivan Geshev. /ibna