Head of local anti-drug squad in narcotics ring

The head of a local anti-drugs squad and two other police officers are among the 28 people arrested in Thessaloniki, Agrinio and Volos for their suspected involvement in a drug ring, Skai television reported on Sunday.

Police and the secret service had over the last 11 months been monitoring the telephone calls of suspects linked to a ring allegedly run by Albanian drug dealers who operated at Dendopotamos of Thessaloniki, at Volos and Agrinio.

The men arrested include the head of the Volos anti-drug squad, a police officer at the foreigners’ division in Thessaloniki and another serving at an Agrinio police station. The authorities are examining the possible involvement of other police officers as well.

Evidence collected is said to show that the police officers operated as traffickers and promised drugs as gifts to associates of the dealers. They are also said to have repeatedly offered supportive testimonies to defendants in drug cases.