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6 tons of Pakistani hashish seized in Keratsini raid

Some six tons of hashish, one of the largest quantities of the drug ever found in Greece, have been seized during a raid on a Piraeus warehouse, police said yesterday. A British national has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in smuggling the consignment into the country. The hashish, believed to have been imported from Pakistan on behalf of an international gang that destined it for a Western European country, was confiscated late on Thursday following a tip-off to the Financial Crime Squad (SDOE). SDOE officers, in cooperation with the Attica police drug squad, found the drugs in a warehouse at 4 Mitropoliti Chrysanthou Street, in the Piraeus district of Keratsini. A 44-year-old man, only identified as a British national of Indian origin residing in London, was arrested on the spot. Police said the suspect arrived at Athens airport on Monday on a flight from Dubai. The drugs had been concealed in sealed packages carrying tomato puree labels, placed inside sacks marked as containing sugar, and are believed to have been brought into the country in a truck. The warehouse had been rented by a man using a Greek identity card, which is thought to have been forged, one day before the raid. Police are now seeking that man, and are also seeking to establish whether the gang had smuggled similar consignments through the country in the past. The assistance of Interpol has been requested in the case.