Georgia arrests two after truck search yields record heroin find

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 05, 2013 11:14 AM

TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian police have arrested two foreigners after finding 116 kg (255 lbs) of heroin in a truck, the country's biggest seizure of illegal drugs, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

A Turk and a Moldovan were detained on Wednesday after crossing the border from Armenia in a truck with tens of millions of dollars worth of heroin hidden in a secret compartment, ministry spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani said.

Ex-Soviet Georgia is on a drug trafficking route between Asia and Europe, often originating in Afghanistan and moving westward via Iran and the South Caucasus and onward to Russia, Turkey or Western Europe, according to a recent U.S. State Department report.

(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Steve Gutterman and David Goodman)