Heroin smuggling trial to begin in Piraeus on Tuesday


A Piraeus court is to begin hearing on Tuesday one of the biggest drug smuggling cases in Greek history.

A total of 33 people, 25 of whom are currently in custody, are to stand trial in connection to the discovery of two tons of heroin in Athens last year. The drug was shipped to Greece on board the Noor 1 cargo ship. Eleven of those charged are the ship’s crew.

Most of the suspects face charges of drug smuggling and forming a criminal organisation. The drugs were found in a warehouse in Koropi, east of Athens, and at a villa in the northern suburb of Filothei.

The trial will go ahead despite the judge originally slated to hear the case pulled out last week citing health problems. This prompted the Supreme Court to launch an investigation.