Albanians Become “Fifth Mafia Clan” in Italy

Albanians Become “Fifth Mafia Clan” in Italy

In the article “Tons of Drugs from the Sea, the Traffic of the Camorra in Marche and the Arrest of Andrea Reccia,” Giuseppe Bommarito, an Italian journalist well known for his coverage of the drug trade in the region of Marche, describes how the Balkan road across the Adriatic sea, used for the transport of […]

Demiraj: 4.5 Tons of Cannabis Seized since May 22

Demiraj: 4.5 Tons of Cannabis Seized since May 22

Through a Facebook post Minister of Interior Affairs Dritan Demiraj announced the results of his new policy against drug trafficking and cultivation in period May 22 to June 8. In October last year Minister Demiraj expressed himself in strong terms about the problem of the cannabization of the country: Look at what capacity we have […]

European Drug Report: Increased Cannabis Production in Albania

European Drug Report: Increased Cannabis Production in Albania

According the recently published European Drug Report, increased cannabis cultivation is changing cannabis trafficking routes into the European Union: Recent reports indicate changes in cannabis trafficking routes, with increases in the trafficking of both herbal cannabis and cannabis oil from the western Balkans, notably Albania, linked to increased cannabis cultivation in those countries. At the same […]

Doris Pack: Cannabis and Criminal Officials Put Albania at Risk

Doris Pack: Cannabis and Criminal Officials Put Albania at Risk

Chairwoman of the EPP’s Women’s Forum Doris Pack declared today that the spread of cannabis across the country and incriminated figures in office pose a risk to Albania. During a meeting in Brussels with Women’s Forum’s Board, Pack stated: Albania is currently experiencing a real madness. The cannabis cultivation is spreading throughout the country, thus there’s a […]

Drug Action Plan, Old Wine in New Bags

Drug Action Plan, Old Wine in New Bags

Last week, the Council of Minister approved the Action Plan against the Cultivation and Trafficking of Cannabis 2017–2020. It appears that the primary motivation for this plan is the Draft Progress Report of the European Commission from 2016, as mentioned in the second paragraph of the executive summary of the Action Plan. Let us, however, for […]

Europol: Albania Dominates European Cannabis Market

Europol: Albania Dominates European Cannabis Market

According to Europol’s annual “Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment,” Albania remains the main source of cannabis for countries in Europe. Whereas last year, in the 2016 report, Albania was merely one of the main producers, together with Serbia, Bulgaria, and Kosovo, this year it appears that Albania has consolidated the market and has become the […]

Albania, European Capital of Cannabis

An article by Giovanni Masini published in Occhi della Guerra relates the recent story of the surge in cannabis cultivation, the “boomerang” of Lazarat, and a police “paralyzed by corruption.”