Greece makes record drug bust

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Athens - Greek Coast Guards said on Sunday they had discovered a record two-ton haul of heroin and arrested 11 crew from a Togo-flagged tanker that they suspected had brought it into the country.

Officers working with US Drug Enforcement Administration seized 987kg of the drug on Sunday, the Coast Guard said without going into details on where it was found.

Another 1 133kg was discovered during a raid on a warehouse near Athens last week, it added.

The tanker called Noor One was suspected of bringing in both loads, the force said in a statement.

The vessel had sailed through Oman and Pakistan before it was seized off the port of Elefsina near Athens on Sunday, the coastguard added.

“These co-ordinated efforts ... led to the largest seizure of heroin on a European level,” Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said.

The arrested crew members are expected to appear before a prosecutor on Monday. - Reuters


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