Cocaine

Police seize cocaine shipment at Piraeus port

Greek police uncovered 21 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of one million euros, concealed in a container carrying bananas at the capital's port of Piraeus on Wednesday. 

The container, which originated in Ecuador, was deemed suspicious and X-rayed before police and sniffer dogs conducted a search.

Undercover operation leads to major cocaine bust

Four men were arrested on Wednesday as authorities seized 210 kilograms of cocaine that was transferred from Ecuador to Piraeus port in a container with frozen shrimps.

The case involved an undercover operation lasting at least a month, during which a police agent managed to infiltrate the ranks of the drug ring.

Greece dismantles gang trafficking drugs from Latin America to Europe

Greek authorities have dismantled an international criminal group trafficking cocaine in shipping containers from Latin America to Europe, police said on Thursday.

Two Albanians and two Greeks were arrested after a months-long investigation launched by Greek drugs and contraband enforcement authorities in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Special report: How Balkan gangsters became Europe’s top cocaine suppliers

In 2018, convicted cocaine trafficker Slobodan Kostovski fled a Brazilian prison and made his way back to Europe with a fake passport.

The Serbian senior quickly fell into old habits, police allege. Last August, Kostovski was arrested in Belgrade, accused of shipping 2.7 metric tonnes of cocaine from Brazil aboard a 22-meter vessel apprehended near Spain's Canary Islands.

Piraeus port customs intercept large cocaine shipment disguised as fertilizer

Customs inspectors from the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (AADE) discovered and seized a substantial quantity of narcotics in raw form at the Port of Piraeus. 

A cargo container arriving from Ecuador and bound for Croatia declared as fertilizer, raised suspicion. An X-ray inspection revealed sacks with varying densities, prompting further scrutiny. 

Coast Guard locates €2 million worth of cocaine

A lorry driver was arrested at the northwestern Greek port of Igoumenitsa after coast guard authorities seized more than 2 million euro worth of narcotics from his vehicle. 

According to the coast guard, a sniffer dog detected a concealed compartment containing 54 packages of cocaine weighing a total of 59 kg. 

Turkish authorities seize third largest cocaine haul

Turkish police have seized the third largest haul of cocaine in the country's history, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on April 11 amid tightening crackdowns on organized crime rings.

Some 608 kilograms of cocaine, most of it in liquid form, were confiscated in an operation across three provinces, Yerlikaya posted on the social media platform X.

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