Greek police detain 12 members of drug smuggling racket

Police detained 12 people, including the son of a well-known Greek winemaker, in coordinated raids on Sunday in various parts of Attica as well as Messinia, in the Peloponnese, and Igoumenitsa, northwestern Greece, officers said on Tuesday.

A range of charges were brought against the suspects, 10 of whom are Greek and two Albanian, including running a criminal organization as well as violating laws relating to drugs and weapons.

The 12 suspects are alleged to have run a racket smuggling drugs into the country while also maintaining several cannabis farms.

Officers confiscated a truck in Igoumenitsa that was found to be full of large amounts of cannabis and cocaine that appears to have been imported from Belgium and the Netherlands.

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