Raids in Bulgaria

Over 120 officers in the Bulgarian police anti-organised crime unit were involved as the week ended in wideranging raids throughout Southeast and central Northern Bulgaria, and in the capital, Sofia. The raids targeted a large illegal gambling operation which used unidentified offshore betting websites to place bets for local gamblers, mainly on football matches.

Police spokesmen reported that 30 people had been arrested, and claimed that the ring had a turnover of around Bulgrian Leva 5 million (Euro 2.55 million). The police seized various amounts of cash in diverse currencies, 20 computers, 37 mobile phones, a car, firm and banking contracts, gold, jewelry, and several doses of cocaine.

Without giving details, the spokesman revealed that among those arrested were several persons with close connections to Bulgarian football clubs.

Investigations are continuing.

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