Minniti Met Everyone, Except…

Minniti Met Everyone, Except…

The mission was difficult, if not to say embarrassing: to go to Albania, invited by a government that a few months ago removed its Minister of Interior, who for long had been supported by the Italian technical and diplomatic mission in the country, under the accusation of collaboration with narco-traffickers – accusations that arose precisely […]

Albanian Cannabis, Arrests in UK and Italy

Albanian Cannabis, Arrests in UK and Italy

While Prime Minister Edi Rama had promised to receive very high grades from the European Commission for his battle against drugs and organized crime, both the drugs and the know-how about their cultivation and trafficking appear to continue to be a successful export product. UK In the UK 23-year-old Albanian illegal immigrant D.S. was arrested for managing […]

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 […]

Puglia Captures 18 Tons Albanian Weed in 6 Months

Puglia Captures 18 Tons Albanian Weed in 6 Months

The Italian Guardia di Finanza has captured yesterday morning off the coast of Gargano in Puglia 4 tons of Albanian marijuana. Three persons on a yacht were arrested for trafficking the drugs.   This is not the first boatload of drugs captured by the Italian forces. During the last six months, they captured a total of 13.5 […]

Weed Cultivation Booms in Albania

Little Albania has become the largest marijuana supplier in Europe. How serious is the government's "war against the drug mafia"?

Weed Cultivation Booms in Albania

The coordinates for the operation were been given to the police chief, Saimir Rrustemi, directly from the Ministry of Interior Affairs. In the light of a street lamp, he goes through the prints once again: Google Earth satellite imagery, wooded mountain ridges, and yellow needles on it. It is just after four at night, and Shkodra, the largest […]

CIA: Albania Is a Narco-State

CIA: Albania Is a Narco-State

The CIA 2017 World Factbook, a main and widely read source of information about countries around the world, has officially recognized Albania as a narcostate. Under the header “Transnational Issues: Illicit drugs” the Factbook writes: increasingly active transshipment point for Southwest Asian opiates, hashish, and cannabis transiting the Balkan route and – to a lesser […]

Rama Again Declares War on Drug Trafficking

Rama Again Declares War on Drug Trafficking

During a meeting of the Anti-Narcotics Task Force, Prime Minister Edi Rama called 2017 a successful year in the fight against cannabis, even though not a single criminal organization has been dismantled, and only lower-level drug traffickers have been apprehended. Their bosses, however, and their wealth, would become the next target of the government’s actions. […]

24 Tons of Albanian Cannabis Captured in 30 Days

24 Tons of Albanian Cannabis Captured in 30 Days

Around 24 tons of cannabis and 5379 cannabis plants have been captured and destroyed by the police in the last 30 days, showing that the drug cultivation in Albania is far from resolved August 2 tons of cannabis captured motorboat on the island Kithira, an Albanian and an Italian were arrested; 2.5 tons of cannabis […]

Drug Traffic, Albania’s No. 1 Threat

Drug Traffic, Albania’s No. 1 Threat

In an article from a few days ago, former Director of the Border Patrol at the State Police Pëllumb Nako expressed his surprise about the fact that the mission of the Guardia di Finanza is still in Albania after 20 years, while the funding from the US and EU so far should have been enough […]

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