Greece makes huge seizure of heroin

AFP-JIJI

Authorities have discovered more than two tons of heroin in as many weeks stored in Greek warehouses, in a massive seizure of the drug.

Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsioti said Sunday that the discoveries constituted “the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Europe.”

Fourteen arrests were made in connection with Friday’s seizure of close to a ton of heroin in a warehouse at Koropi, around 40 km (25 miles) from Athens. They included 10 tanker crew members — among them five Turkish nationals — and the Greek head of the company that owns the ship. Three others implicated in the affair were also detained.

That seizure came hot on the heels of another major bust, on June 12, when 1.1 tons of heroin was found in another warehouse. The raid was carried out in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Greek Coast Guard said in a statement.

Eleven people were arrested following that discovery, including a ship owner.