Sunday May 24, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Heroin ring investigation gathers pace

As a probe into a huge international heroin-trafficking ring widens, an investigating magistrate is on Tuesday to start hearing the testimony of another 14 suspected members of the racket.

The 14, who are to testify in three groups Tuesday through Thursday, were arrested over the weekend after authorities traced a ton of heroin to a warehouse in Koropi, eastern Attica, and determined that a Togo-flagged tanker had carried that cache, as well as an additional ton of the drug that was discovered in two different locations earlier this month.

The 14 face charges of running a criminal gang and drug trafficking, the same charges as those leveled against another 12 people including a Greek shipowner and members of his family. The 14 are: the 11 Indian crew members of the Togo-flagged Noor One tanker, which is moored near the port of Elefsina; a 53-year-old woman believed to represent the firm that owns the Noor One; a male suspect who is alleged to have helped transfer one of the first consignments of drugs to a house in Filothei; and an Iranian national who is said to have guarded the drugs at a Koropi warehouse.

Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis indicated on Monday that authorities were likely to arrest further suspects – in addition to the 26 already charged in connection with the racket. “We will find more people implicated in the ring, both inside and outside Greece,” Varvitsiotis told Vima FM radio station.

He added that the racket was believed to be one of the biggest to have ever operated in Europe.

Sources told Kathimerini that a 52-year-old fuel trader who is believed to have chartered the Noor One was expected to hand himself over to police soon.

Police are also investigating the husband of the 53-year-old shipping firm representative who, it is thought, owns the Noor One.

ekathimerini.com , Monday June 23, 2014 (20:48)  
Protesters torch trolley bus, clash with police in Athens
Tsipras faces down radicals within SYRIZA over terms of deal
Police on standby after Roma dispute leaves one dead
Dog attacks seven people in Thessaloniki, including 13-year-old boy
Hotel contracts with a ‘Greek default clause’
After the drachma clauses seen in tourism contracts, foreign tour operators are now forcing hoteliers in Greece to sign contracts with a Greek default clause. Foreign organizers of internati...
Listed firms have whisked away most of their cash reserves
Listed companies have felt compelled to whisk their cash reserves abroad as the liquidity shortage increases uncertainty among local entrepreneurs. Kathimerini has discovered that 85 percent...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Reds add Cup to league trophy with 3-1 win over Xanthi
Olympiakos completed a league-and-cup double on Saturday by beating Xanthi 3-1 in the Greek Cup final at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, that was more balanced than the final score suggests. ...
BASKETBALL
Olympiakos strolls past Korivos Amaliadas
Olympiakos completed the Basket League’s semifinal line-up on Saturday after sweeping Korivos Amaliadas with a 2-0 score in the best-of-three quarterfinals. After winning 91-52 in Game 1 at ...
Inside Sports
ANALYSIS
Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greece’s problems
A Grexit or the introduction of a dual currency is not a solution to Greece’s problems. On the contrary, it would be a worst-case scenario for Greece in the short term. Only in the medium to...
COMMENTARY
First aid for the capital
The fact that the center of Athens exudes the stench of human waste is an undeniable truth, just like the fact that in late spring, one nostril smells blossoming bitter lemon trees while the...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Reds add Cup to league trophy with 3-1 win over Xanthi
2. Olympiakos strolls past Korivos Amaliadas
3. Protesters torch trolley bus, clash with police in Athens
4. Tsipras faces down radicals within SYRIZA over terms of deal
5. Police on standby after Roma dispute leaves one dead
6. Dog attacks seven people in Thessaloniki, including 13-year-old boy
more news
Today
This Week
1. Hotel contracts with a ‘Greek default clause’
2. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greece’s problems
3. Listed firms have whisked away most of their cash reserves
4. First aid for the capital
5. Tsipras faces down radicals within SYRIZA over terms of deal
6. New civil service assessment scheme focuses on rewards instead of punishment
Today
This Week
1. The Greek-German breakthrough that didn’t come
2. Conspiracy madness
3. Greece came close to not paying IMF
4. National self-awareness put to the test
5. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
6. Greek endgame nears for Tsipras as bank collateral hits buffers
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.