Italian police crackdown on Albanian-Italian narco-trafficking group

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 31, 2019 08:02

Italian police crackdown on Albanian-Italian narco-trafficking group

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  • Italy continues to be the main destination of cultivated marijuana in Albania. Despite the efforts of Albanian police, the phenomenon of marijuana cultivation has still not disappeared from some areas in Albania known for its cultivation.

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TIRANA, May 31 – Italian police said on Friday they crackdown on an Italian-Albanian network suspected of trafficking large amounts of marijuana from Albania to Italy.

According to the Italian police, four Albanians and one Italian were arrested in Florence, Siena, Brindisi and Vlora, while over half the marijuana amount was blocked during the investigative process.

The criminal group has been investigated, according to the Italian police, for importing, transporting and distributing large quantities of marijuana from the Albanian coast to those of Puglia.

The drug trafficking was made possible through speed boats which left from Vlora. However, according to Italian police sources, large quantities of narcotics were then transported from the Puglia region to southern Italy, towards some of the major Italian cities known for the marijuana criminal market.

The Albanian police did not give details regarding the people that were arrested in Vlora on behalf of the Italian justice.

Italy continues to be the main destination of cultivated marijuana in Albania. Despite the efforts of Albanian police, the phenomenon of marijuana cultivation has still not disappeared from some areas in Albania known for its cultivation.

Local media recently reported the first marijuana crops for this season have been discovered, while field data say that this year again saw great cultivation trends.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 31, 2019 08:02