Hellenic police have provided more detailed information on an international trafficking operation which transported drugs from Albania to Greece and Turkey using high-speed boats.
According to Hellenic authorities, the trafficking route began from the Vlora coastline with the intention to reach to Turkey, passing through the territorial waters of Greece.
The Greek Anti-Drug Squad said cannabis originating in Albania would be exchanged for heroin that would then make its way back to be trafficked from Albania into the European Union.
According to the Attica Security Director, Lieutenant General Petros Jeffery, it was thanks to the excellent cooperation of the Attica security Directorate, and in particular of the Drug Prosecution Division with the relevant Coast Guard, that the international network was destroyed, four members of the circuit were arrested and 1,172 kg of raw hemp was seized.
The Greek Anti-Drug Squad set an operation in motion on September 25 after learning of two speedboats attempting to transport drugs to the Turkish coast.
A large operation involving ten SSL-ELKT patrol vessels, a helicopter and ASL-ELKT aircraft, as well as two FRONTEX air vessels was immediately organized by the Hellenic Coast Guard in the wider maritime area of the northeast Aegean.
In the first phase of the operation, a traffic stop was attempted and a high-speed vessel of three traffickers was stopped.
Further, on September 29, the next phase of the operation took place, when the second high-speed vessel was stopped. On September 30, police found the drugs on an uninhabited island.
The Hellenic anti-drug operation comes as authorities in Greece and Albania hit another drug trafficking line, this time originating from Ecuador to Piraeus and then to Albania.
This mobilization had the initial effect of trapping and stopping a high-speed vessel and arresting three foreigners aboard.
The Hellenic Anti-Drug operation comes as authorities in Greece and Albania hit another drug trafficking line, this time originating from Ecuador to Piraeus and then to Albania.