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​2 tonnes of heroin recovered in Europe’s ‘largest ever’ seizure

Published time: June 22, 2014 20:42
Vicky, a 40-year-old, Canadian-born, Greek drug addict, prepares a cocktail known as speedball, a cocaine and heroin mix, on a central Athens sidestreet (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)

Vicky, a 40-year-old, Canadian-born, Greek drug addict, prepares a cocktail known as speedball, a cocaine and heroin mix, on a central Athens sidestreet (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)

More than two tonnes of heroin has been recovered from Greek warehouses over the past fortnight in an operation considered by authorities to be Europe’s largest ever seizure of the drug.

Exactly 986.6 kg of the drug was recovered from storage units near Athens on Friday, reported AFP.

The size of the stash added to a recently-set record of 1.113 tonnes of heroin which was also seized near Athens on the night of June 12. On June 13th, Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis proclaimed it to be Europe’s largest ever seizure.

The combined discoveries comprised “the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Europe,” said Varvitsioti on Sunday.

Friday’s heroin had been shipped to Greece by a tanker – ‘Noorl’ – from Togo, West Africa. It allegedly belongs to a Greek company, the name of which has not been publicly stated.

Fourteen people were arrested in the incident, among them 10 crew members, in Koropi, some 40 km from the capital. Five Turkish people and the Greek company head were among those detained.

The drug was intended to be taken by truck from Greece to markets around Europe.

Comments (14)

 

RockyRacoon 29.06.2014 17:58

Afghanistan should be able to market it's domestic product like American tobacco and alcohol companies market theirs. Phamacologically herion is less harmful to body organs it is the conditions it is taken under that cause problems. These drug policies are racist and ethnocentric.

 

RockyRacoon 29.06.2014 17:54

The name of which not publically stated. why not? To well connected legalize all traditional drugs opium should be legally to smoke like marijuana just not a commercial venture where advertising drives up demand. brown paper bag it all. Out of the sight of children.

 

Dnythedg 23.06.2014 14:38

Great advertising. Drugs is the least illieagal thing going on in Greece these days. Greece should follow the US and bring back the death penalty for its politicians. Selling out there forefathers and country for breadcrums.

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