A "large part" of the vast amount of money turning over in the international drug-smuggling business is used to fund terrorist groups such as the Islamic Jihad or Hezbollah, a Bulgarian security paper said Wednesday. ( dpa )
The Bulgarian interior ministry said in a report to the parliament's Interior Committee that local and Arab organized crime groups were working together in exporting synthetic drugs to the Middle East.
Some of the Arabs that Bulgarians were dealing with have been associated with the terrorist groups, local media said, quoting the report detailing the situation in the interior ministry.
No other details on the alleged of Bulgarian organized crime and terrorists were provided by the media. The report was centred on security leaks from the ministry to the powerful organized crime.
A United States intelligence report said earlier in 2008 that Bulgaria, a member of the EU since 2007, was the European gateway for Middle East heroin, but also for drug-making chemicals and synthetic narcotics travelling the opposite direction.