Albanian police seize Italy-bound cannabis haul

Albanian police have seized more than a ton of cannabis destined for Italy and arrested a suspected smuggler, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Albanian police seize Italy-bound cannabis haul
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The drugs, packed in plastic bags, were seized overnight during a joint Albanian-Italian police operation, spokeswoman Laura Totraku told reporters.

Albania is the leading supplier of cannabis in Europe and a major transit zone for drugs.

Last year, police seized more than 10 tonnes of cannabis destined for European markets, notably Greece and Italy.

Lazarat, 240 kilometres  south of the capital Tirana, is believed to be the Balkan country's largest producer of the drug with an estimated annual production of some 900 tonnes worth around €4.5 billion.

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