Three local men from the city of Florina, NW Greece, are among the members of an international drug trafficking ring that operated in Greece, Serbia and fYRoM and attempted to smuggle 123 kg of cocaine through the seaport of Thessaloniki. Other nine members of the ring were also arrested, five in Serbia and four in fYRoM. Authorities had received information that the drugs were hidden in a container from Bolivia which, according to its accompanying documents, was carrying agricultural machinery. The container with the drugs was spotted at the seaport of Thessaloniki on June 19.

The three Greeks arrested are a bank director, a bank employee and a customs officer serving at the Customs Office of Niki, who had undertaken to study the way the cocaine would be transported from Thessaloniki to fYRoM and then to Serbia.

Authorities also arrested a woman, a Serbian national, who lived together with the bank employee, after finding in their possession a small quantity of hashish and cocaine. A gun and a large
number of cartridges were found in the house of the customs officer.  
The Greek authorities acted in cooperation with Britain’s SOCA, the United States’ DEA, Serbian and fYRoM authorities.