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Cocaine shipment sentences

Two men were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for organizing the shipment of 245 kilos of cocaine through Greece to Albania two years ago. An Athens court found Tryphon Karahalios, 36, and Dimitrios Papadogeorgakis, 40, guilty of buying the consignment in Peru and trying to ship it, through a Peru-based company called Food International that they had set up, to Albania. The cocaine was seized by Peruvian customs officials in a ship’s container in the port of Galao on January 27, 2000. Karahalios received another life sentence last year for his involvement – along with his father and brother who are believed to be hiding in South America – in the Easter 1990 burglary of the Corinth archaeological museum. It was Greece’s biggest ever museum heist, with 285 artifacts stolen, out of which 274 were recovered in the USA in 1999. They are now back in the Corinth museum.