Prague - The shipment of a record 182 kilograms of heroin, which Czech customs officers seized at the weekend, was brought in along the Balkan route from Turkey on a truck whose driver did not probably know about the drug, Prague customs office representatives said today.
Zástupci celní správy seznámili 4. března v Praze novináře s případem odhalení zásilky 182 kilogramů heroinu. Historicky největší zásilku heroinu na území České republiky odhalili celníci při kontrole kamionu v noci z 28. února na 1. března. Na snímku ukazují balíčky drogy, jež byly ukryty ve speciálně upravených dřevěných paletách. ČTK Šimánek Vít
They added that no one has been accused as yet.
The drug was to stay in the Czech Republic according to available information, the customs officers said.
The shipment consisted of 477 packages that were placed in 53 specially adjusted wooden pallets on which legally transported kitchen utensils were piled.
Czech customs officers uncovered similarly hidden drugs in Nachod, east Bohemia, in 1990 when they seized 100 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia.
The 182 kilograms of heroin could be sold in the Czech Republic for almost 750 million crowns.
According to preliminary analyses, the drug contains 60 percent of the effective substance while heroin diluted to some 15 percent of the substance is sold in the street at about 100 crowns per gram.
In 1998 Czech customs officers uncovered 120 kilograms of heroin for some 290 million crowns.
In 1993 they found 300 kilograms of heroin in a truck with British number plates and a Turkish driver, but it was a joint operation with the German police on the Bavarian-Czech border.