Drug trafficking ring dismantled in Greece

24th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Greek police said Thursday they had arrested three people suspected of trafficking "large quantities" of marijauna produced in Albania and transported over to the UK via Greece.

In a joint operation with British authorities, police tracked down two members of the suspected ring -- a Greek and an Italian -- after arresting their suspected accomplice, an Irish lorry driver, at the northwestern port of Ingoumenitsa on Tuesday.

Some 120 kilograms (260 pounds) of cannabis were found stashed among oranges in the vehicle, which was bound for Italy.

A similar amount of the drug was found in another lorry en route for Ireland.

According to UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the last several years Albania has been "the main marijuana supplier of Europe."

© 2011 AFP

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