Prohibition of drugs
Anti-narcotics officers found more than 3,000 packages containing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and hashish during a raid on an apartment used by members of a drug dealing gang operating in the neighborhoods around central Victoria Square and the Athens University of Economics and Business, police in the capital said Tuesday.
Istanbul police on Jan. 31 seized some 1,350 kilogram (2,976 pounds) of illegal drugs including heroin and skunk weed in separate operations across the city, governor said.
Those arrested are suspected of manufacturing and trafficking illegal drugs, and for illegal possession of firearms.
Three suspects have been charged on the Ionian island of Corfu with setting up a criminal gang to transport and distribute illegal drugs, authorities said on Thursday.
The charges were brought in the wake of an extensive police operation across the island that led to the dismantling of a cocaine trafficking network.
Istanbul police seized more than 400 kilograms (881 pounds) of illegal drugs including heroin and skunk cannabis during anti-drug operations in the city, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 23, citing police sources.
Two Brazilian women, aged 23 and 24, were arrested at Athens International Airport on Sunday evening for trying to smuggle more that than 1.8 kilos of cocaine into the country, authorities said on Wednesday.
According to police, the women had swallowed 185 small packages containing a total of 1,845 grams. They had arrived in Athens from Sao Paolo in Brazil via Lisbon.
Norway becomes the first Scandinavian state to decriminalize drugs, writes Independent.
The majority of MPs in the Norwegian Parliament support the historic change, including conservatives, liberals and two left-wing parties.
They entrust the government with the task of changing politics towards drugs.