TIRANA, Albania — Albanian authorities on Friday mentioned they’ve seized 430 kilograms (1,000 kilos) of cocaine in a coordinated operation with neighboring Montenegro and different legislation enforcement worldwide establishments.
Albania’s corruption and arranged crime squad mentioned 10 Albanian nationals have been arrested after the cocaine was discovered hidden in a cargo of some 24 tons of fertilizer. Throughout Thursday’s operation, police additionally seized automated rifles, ammunition and money.
The cargo was imported from Colombia in September, first stopping in Thessaloniki, Greece, after which unloaded in Bar, Montenegro. From there it was transported overland with vehicles to Albania, authorities mentioned.
Police sequestered the cocaine hidden among the many fertilizer in Fier, 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the capital Tirana the place they discovered a lab to course of the cocaine and make it prepared to be used.
Albania was as soon as a serious European producer of marijuana and a crossroads for its smuggling. A authorities crackdown eight years in the past led to a major discount within the variety of hashish plantations, although common seizures point out traffickers are nonetheless searching for different locations to develop or retailer marijuana and have develop into a part of worldwide rings trafficking different medication.