Greece, DEA Seize More Heroin

ATHENS — Greek Coast Guard officials say they have uncovered a nearly 1-ton stash of heroin at a warehouse in an eastern Athens suburb.

The 986.6-kilogram (2,175-pound) stash was seized the night of June 21. Another1,133.4 kilograms (almost 2,500 pounds) was seized June 12 at two locations in the Athens area, the largest heroin seizure ever in Greece with an estimated value of $30 million.

The Coast Guard said that both heroin stashes had been transported to Greece by the tanker, Noor One, which got the drugs from “the territorial waters between Oman and Pakistan.”

The tanker’s 11 crew members have all been arrested. The Greek Coast Guard says it cooperated with the Athens office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in locating and seizing the heroin.

The tanker Noorl is a Togo-flagged ship belonging to a Greek shipping company whose name police have not yet released.

Those arrested included 10 tanker crew members, all foreigners, and the Greek head of the company that owns the ship as well as three others implicated in the affair, police said.

The heroin was found in Koropi, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Athens, where a week earlier just over half a ton of heroin was uncovered in another warehouse, along with another half-ton at a separate location.

The illegal drug was meant to be taken by truck from Greece to markets around Europe, officials said.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)