Drug racket bust on Rhodes

Police on the Aegean island of Rhodes on Wednesday were questioning three men believed to be members of an international ring smuggling amphetamines from Shanghai to Britain and the USA via Greece.

The three suspects – two bar employees, aged 24 and 34, and a 27-year-old courier firm worker – were arrested after customs officials at Athens International Airport discovered a 5.2-kilogram package containing amphetamines.

The package, like several others before it, had been destined to be forwarded to a bogus individual in Rhodes. The suspects are believed to have removed a small amount of drugs from the packages, to sell on the local market, before forwarding the remainder to the UK and US.

The two bar workers allegedly admitted to their role in the racket, while the courier employee reportedly claims to have been duped by the other two suspects who, he says, told him the incoming packages contained dietary supplements.

A parallel investigation is under way in Shanghai where it is believed the drugs were being processed and packaged, in a metal powder factory.