The Supreme Court upheld Athens criminal court prison sentences handed down on three individuals accused of trafficking nearly four kilos of cocaine in the summer of 2000, it was announced on Wednesday.
The defendants, Elias Laimos, a resident of Milan, Italy and owner of the ship “Suetre I”, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined with 250,000 euros; ship owner Filippos Makris received seven years and a 50,000-euro fine, while businessman Angelos Kanakis was sentenced to seven years and fined with 50,000 euros.
The cocaine was supposed to be transported from Venezuela to Spain but this did not happen after the intervention of the Venezuelan coast guard on the Orinoco River, which prevented the boats carrying the drugs to approach “Suetre I”. 
According to Greek authorities, the ship owned by Elias Laimos was purchased with money from Colombian drug lords Luis Navia and Ivan de la Vega.