2 tons of cannabis seized in Albania

VLORE -- The Albanian police on Thursday confiscated two tons of cannabis and arrested two suspects.

(Beta, file)
(Beta, file)

The drugs were seized in the port town of Vlore, and were meant to be sold in Italy.

According to the police, the shipment was hidden inside a vehicle that was to be transported to Italy in a dinghy.

The Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs has said in its reports that a total of 19 tons of cannabis had been seized since January, and 100 people arrested. The drugs were meant for the European market.

According to the data of police forces in several countries, Albania is the main supplier of marijuana to Europe.

International experts have said that the village of Lazarat, some 240 kilometers south of Tirana, produces 900 tons of cannabis a year worth some EUR 4.5 billion.