Wiretapping used to bust drug, arms ring

Officers of the police force’s organized crime unit yesterday were questioning seven suspected members of a criminal ring believed to have been trading in large quantities of drugs and arms from bases in Attica, Crete and central Greece. Police said they raided homes in Athens, the western suburb of Aspropyrgos, the central town of Larissa and the Cretan prefecture of Hania, after several months of tapping the telephone calls of the suspects with the help of the National Intelligence Service. The suspects, aged between 34 and 50 and all Greeks, were taken in for questioning after the raids on their homes turned up large quantities of cannabis and heroin as well as a cache of weapons, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, shotguns, hand grenades and ammunition.