Five officers held for drugs

Police internal affairs detectives have arrested four members of the force and a coast guard officer on suspicion of drug-dealing after quantities of cocaine and cannabis were allegedly found in their possession. Police said yesterday that the suspects, whose names were not made public, were caught in two separate operations in northern Greece, and that the cases are not thought to be linked. In the first case, two on-duty policemen and a special police guard at the Plateia Democratias precinct in Thessaloniki were caught carrying four small packages of cocaine, weighing a total 3.6 grams. And in Serres, a police special guard, a coast guard and a member of the public were found in possession of small quantities of cocaine and hashish, as well as 424 military-issue bullets.