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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.

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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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