Court hands life sentences to three drug traffickers

A Thessaloniki court has handed life sentences to a 50-year-old Bulgarian, a 43-year-old Spaniard and a 40-year-old Portuguese after finding them guilty of smuggling 168 kilos of cocaine from different Latin American countries into Greece, it emerged on the weekend. A fourth defendant, a 58-year-old Bulgarian, received a 10-year term behind bars.

The drugs were found and subsequently seized by police during a major operation in the northern port city in July last year, organized with intelligence provided by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The drugs, which were destined for the Greek market, are believed to have had a wholesale value of 5.5 million euros while their street value was estimated at 15 million euros.