STRONGER COLLABORATION WITH ALBANIA ON SUSTAINABLE MEDITERRANEAN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017

January 30th, 2017 - Durres, Albania - A major haul of contraband, 430 kg of Cannabis Herb, worth 645.000 Euro was seized from a truck in Durres Port.
The Port Control Unit (PCU) succeeded in seizing the consignment of the narcotics as they exercised a routine control and interviewing techniques to the driver of the truck. 
The truck was filled with empty fruit cases and belonged to an Albanian company doing fruit business with the province of Trento.
The PCU officers carefully examined the vehicle but could not find anything, thus it was ordered to go through the scanner control. The scanner images could not show anything but suspects were strong, thus, after some further examination, the officers detected that the sides of the empty cases were neatly filled with Cannabis herb.
The driver of the truck, the company owner and the manger were detained and more details are expected to be cleared after further investigation.
A case under relevant sections of Durres Anti Narcotic Section has been registered in this connection.
The Port Control Unit at Durres Port is established in the framework of the implementation of the UNODC-WCP Container Control Programme in South Eastern Europe. Since its establishment the PCU has succeeded in seizing around 8 tons of Cannabis herb (2013-2016).