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General News Police dismantle major ring of drug dealers

Δημοσίευση 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:04 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
General News Police dismantle major ring  of drug dealers
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The Attica drugs squad has dismantled one of the most organised rings of drug dealers operating in Greece, authorities announced on Monday. The ring, which traded in cocaine, hydroponic cannabis and ecstasy, was dismantled using information given to Greek authorities by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) via the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

The Attica drugs squad has dismantled one of the most organised rings of drug dealers operating in Greece, authorities announced on Monday. The ring, which traded in cocaine, hydroponic cannabis and ecstasy, was dismantled using information given to Greek authorities by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) via the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

Using drugs from Canada hidden inside luxury vehicles imported into Greece, the ring supplied dozens of high-profile clients, including several musicians and models, in Athens, Astros Kynouria and Crete. The DEA had supplied information that a 34-year-old Greek Canadian was involved in dealing cocaine.

Based on the tip-off, Greek authorities set up a surveillance operation lasting several months. This culminated in a coordinated police operation on Friday that led to the arrest of the Greek-Canadian and eight other people suspected of being his accomplices. These included a Greek-American, six Greek nationals and a French national.

Authorities have also located the contacts of the ring and the hideouts used for the drugs, which were mainly kept in four garages in Ano Glyfada and other areas of Attica where four private Porsches were also parked.

Attica Security chief Yiannis Dikopoulos on Monday announced that the ring leader and his accomplices had laundered large sums of money derived from the sale of drugs through real estate deals and stock market transactions.

The 34-year-old owned shares worth one million euro and police also confiscated the sums of 251,270 euro and 10,000 U.S. dollars in cash, bank books containing deposits of 38,500 euro, 56,500 Canadian dollars and 83,500 U.S. dollars and 18 credit cards.

Also found and confiscated at the time of the suspects' arrest were 2.392 kilos cocaine, 15.5 kilos hydroponic cannabis, 6,895 ecstasy tablets, two kilos dynamite, two detonators, a slow fuse, an M16 assault rifle, two guns, 75 shells, seven precision scales, five cars, three motorbikes, fake passports and driving licences, fake IDs and 24 cell phones.

Due to the large sums of money and other assets involved, authorities have also brought in the financial crimes squad to conduct a full financial investigation into the affair.

The suspects were led before a public prosecutor on Sunday.

Police discover illicit cannabis plantation

Two brothers aged 35 and 37 from Kalamata, southern Greece, are suspected to be the owners of a field planted with 510 cannabis plants located in a forest in Georgitsi, Lakonia prefecture, police said on Monday.

Police found and confiscated 62 kilos of dried cannabis, believed to have come from the nearby plantation, hidden in a hole in a rock in the area.

A search in the suspects' residence in Kalamata and Neohorio village in Arcadia prefecture, central Peloponnese revealed a gun and two 9mm cartridges, a precision scale, a knife, a stiletto and 72 fire crackers.

Sparta police have forwarded the case file to the local prosecutor, who must decide whether to issue a warrant for the arrest of the two brothers.

Drug-dealing ring busted in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki police on Monday reported the arrest of five suspected members of a ring supplying drugs to Thessaloniki's drug user population.

The suspected leader is a 27-year-old Bulgarian that travelled frequently to his country to bring back drugs and then sold them with the aid of his four accomplices, who are between the ages of 22 and 31 years old.

At the time of their arrest, the five were in possession of 130 grammes of heroin, quantities of illegal narcotic pills, 13 cell phones and a large number of hand-written notes from their sales.

Thessaloniki police are now also exchanging information with Bulgarian authorities, who have an outstanding European arrest warrant for the 31-year-old suspect for rape and robbery.