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01 April 2010

INTERPOL supported operation targeting organized crime in South East Europe leads to heroin seizure and arrests

The first joint operation co-ordinated under INTERPOL project BESA targeting organized crime groups in South East Europe has resulted in the arrest of five men and the seizure of more than six kilos of heroin by police in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The arrests in Strumica on Saturday 27 March follow close co-operation between police in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria which had identified different organized crime gangs from at least three countries as being involved in transporting the drugs.

INTERPOL’s Project BESA, supported by the South Eastern Europe Chief of Police Association (SEPCA) provides analytical and investigative support to member countries and facilitates information sharing to support operational activities. Using INTERPOL’s global tools, Project BESA facilitates information sharing and co-ordination of operational activities for the subsequent collection and analysis of criminal information.

Participating member countries in the project BESA are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia.