Albania Moves War on Cannabis to Borders

In the first two months of 2017, police have prevented more than a dozen smuggler attempts to transport tons of cannabis into Italy or Greece, shifting their focus from a war against cannabis cultivation to a fight against its export.

An official Albanian State Police source told BIRN on Friday that the fight against drug smuggling attempts is a top priority at this time of year.

"We have a high alert on this fight right now, starting with control of the sea line, ports, checkpoints and green border lines. We have intensified our permanent control measures, information gathering and our collaboration with our counterparts in neighboring countries," the source said.

"Italian and Greek police have also undertaken their own investigations in attempts to discover those who ordered the loads," they said.

Local media reported at least 15 cases of drug seizures from January 1 with Albanian border police confiscating tons...

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