Four arrested, one sought after police dismantle cocaine-trafficking ring

The Attica police on Monday struck another blow against drug-trafficking outfits operating in Greece, dismantling a ring importing large quantities of cocaine into the country from Colombia.

Four people were arrested in a coordinated police operation led by the Attica drugs’ enforcement department in Athens and Larisa, among them a 47-year-old Greek man and three Albanians aged 29, 30 and 49 years old, respectively. A fifth man, a 40-year-old Albanian, is being sought as their accomplice.

The bust was made after German authorities in Leibzig intercepted a parcel of en route from Colombia to Greece by post. The parcel contained a metallic machine containing large quantities of cocaine and was addressed to a trading company in Larisa.

The 47-year-old Greek was arrested when he arrived to pick up the parcel, along with his three accomplices.

In subsequent searches of the suspects’ homes, vehicles and storage areas, authorities found and confiscated 10,598 grammes of cocaine, an insulating material with traces of cocaine on it and small quantities of cannabis, in addition to a revolver, shells, 3,250 euros in cash, a press for standardising drugs, electronic scales and 10 mobile phones.

According to police, the profits from the sale of the cocaine found could reach 500,000 euros.

The suspects were led before an Athens public prosecutor to be charged and will now appear before an examining magistrate.