Albania police seize Colombian cocaine from banana shipment
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have seized 613 kilograms (1,350 pounds) of cocaine that arrived in the country in a shipment of bananas from Colombia.
Top policeman Ardi Veliu on Wednesday said two people were arrested a day earlier after the cocaine, in small packages, was found in a container that was unloaded from a ship coming from Colombia via Italy and Malta.
The container was taken to a private storage facility before police intervened. Its owner is still at large.
Police said the estimated market value of the drugs is 180 million euros ($220 million).
Albania was previously known as a crossroad for the trafficking of marijuana, but a government crackdown has led to a significant reduction in the number of plantations, though regular seizures show that traffickers still have marijuana stored.