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Suspected drug boss remanded in custody

Δημοσίευση 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:51 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Suspected drug boss remanded in custody
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A 34-year-old car dealer suspected of running a nine-member drug-trafficking ring supplying illegal narcotics to rich and famous clients was remanded in custody on Wednesday after appearing before an Athens examining magistrate.

A 34-year-old car dealer suspected of running a nine-member drug-trafficking ring supplying illegal narcotics to rich and famous clients was remanded in custody on Wednesday after appearing before an Athens examining magistrate.

The suspect has been charged with drug and weapons law violations, as well as participation in a criminal group. He is accused of being the mastermind of a ring that included eight Greek nationals and one French national.

The 34-year-old was arrested while engaged in selling a quantity of cocaine to two other suspects that have also been charged in connection with the case. Based on intelligence about the group's activities, the Greek drugs squad had obtained a warrant to tap the phones of specific suspects between September 21 and December 17.

The surveillance of these phones provided evidence against another 50 or so people, many of whom will be prosecuted separately in the next few days.

The 34-year-old car dealer denies the charges against him and says he has been a drug user for the past 15 years and suffers from mental health issues. He named an Albanian national, giving his full details, as the leader of the drug dealing outfit. The suspect also supplied information about a storage space in Pagrati where he went to pick up drugs.

According to the car dealer, he was introduced to the Albanian drug trader by a well-known Greek businessman also dealing in cars and in return for the "services" he provided to the drug dealers he was provided with his dose.

Two more suspects arrested in connection with the case have appeared before the magistrate so far and were released, since they faced only misdemeanour level charges. The remaining six suspects are due to appear before the magistrate on Thursday.