Officers among drug racket suspects facing magistrate

Twenty-seven of the 29 suspected members of a massive drug dealing racket, including three police officers, faced an investigating magistrate in Thessaloniki on Wednesday.

A total of seven policemen are believed to have been involved in the ring's activities and the force has ordered an internal investigation into their exact involvement. The three arrested officers have been suspended already. The other four have been transfered to other posts and their fate is to be decided on following the internal probe, Kathimerini understands.

Two suspects believed to have been accomplices to the gang -- a man and a woman who have not been identified -- received conditional release after defending themselves before the magistrate.