Vlore, May 3, 2013-An operation which has lasted for over a year was successfully crowned with “Laguna” operation carried out by the police of Vlore. During this operation, police have discovered 1 ton and 631 kg of narcotic substance, while the criminal group which was involved in the drug traffic was destroyed.
The arrested persons are Bexhet Alliaj, 43 years of age, born in the village of Romë and resident in Vlore. He had been previously arrested for several serious offenses. Dritan Kaçani, 42 years of age, born in Fier and resident in Zvërnec and Shpetim Shehu, 22 years of age, resident in Zvërnec, Vlore.
The arrested persons have been directly involved in a criminal activity with the tendency of traffic of narcotics from Albania to Italy.
In several cases, the persons mentioned above have attempted to traffic large amounts of marijuana toward Italy, amounts which have been seized by the Police of Vlore.
The arrested persons are responsible for:
1. 600 kg of marijuana seized in the village of Zvërnec in the framework of “ECLIPSE” code named operation on 16.06.2012. This operation led to the seizure of 2 boats and the arrest of Novrus Shehu.
2. For the amount of 1 ton of marijuana seized in the framework of operation “KARABURUNI” on 10.08.2012.
3. For the amount of 17 kg of marijuana seized in the framework of operation “VACANZE 1” on 18.08.2012, which led to the arrest of Marlen Gutici.
4. For the amount of 14 kg of marijuana seized in the Port of Vlore in the framework of operation “VACANZE 2”, on 18.08.2012, which led to the arrest of Armir Nushi.
Italian authorities also inform that 4 other loads with considerable amounts of marijuana have been seized. In total, the amount of marijuana seized in Albania and Italy would have a value of 10 million Euros in the market. Investigations continue for the identification and discovery of other persons involved in the drug trafficking network. /ibna/