Police close down two city drug workshops

Five Albanians and two Iranians, believed to be key members of a drug-trading ring churning out some 50 kilos of heroin onto the streets of the capital every month, were in custody yesterday following a police raid on a sophisticated drug-cutting workshop in the city center over the weekend. Officers confiscated all the workshop equipment, nearly 6 kilos of heroin, a smaller quantity of cocaine, three sets of scales, 10 cell phones and a car believed to have been used to carry out drug runs. Officers also detained a 30-year-old Albanian believed to have been running a similar workshop from an apartment in the Athens district of Nea Smyrni. A search of his home unearthed two Kalashnikov assault rifles, an MP5 submachine gun, a revolver, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and about 5 kilos of explosives.