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Albania police seize 300 pounds of cocaine, 2 arrested

September 27, 2019 GMT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s state police say they seized 137 kilograms (302 lbs.) of cocaine from Ecuador at the western port of Durres.

Police say the cocaine arrived with a shipping container and two Albanian citizens allegedly expecting the drugs were arrested.

Albania was once known as a major European crossroads for marijuana but now has more cases of smugglers trying to get heroin and cocaine to western European countries.

State police director Ardi Veliu said the cocaine shipped from Ecuador was seized in cooperation with neighboring Greece and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A businessman accused of involvement in the trafficking of 613 kilograms (1,350 lbs.) of cocaine that Albanian police seized in 2018 was extradited from Germany last week after more than a year in detention.