Big drug bust: Romanian police seize 5 tons of heroin precursors and over 20 kg of cocaine

During a routine check at the Nadlac border crossing point in Western Romania, the Border Police found and seized five tons of heroin precursors, which can be used to make a ton of heroin, and over 20 kg of cocaine, according to Felix Banila, the chief prosecutor of the Romanian Anti-Organized Crime Directorate (DIICOT).

“Following a routine check on August 22 at the Nadlac border crossing point, the Border Police found about 5 tons of acetic anhydride and 20 kilos of cocaine of about 99 percent purity in a group of vehicles registered abroad and driven by a foreign citizen,” Banila said, according to local Mediafax.

Acetic anhydride is an important reaction agent for the illicit production of heroin. In this case, the 5 tons of acetic anhydride could have been used to make a ton of heroin, according to Felix Banila.

The driver was detained and placed under preventive arrest for 30 days.

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Irina Marica, irina.marica@romania-insider.com