Albanian wanted for trafficking 613kg of cocaine through Malta arrested in Germany
Albanian police have reported that an Albanian businessman accused of involvement in the trafficking of 613 kilograms of cocaine earlier this year has been arrested in Germany.
In a statement on Friday, Arber Cekaj, owner of the Arbi Garden company that owned the container holding the cocaine that was discovered in February, was arrested near Dusseldorf.
The cocaine had arrived in Albania with a shipment of bananas from Colombia via Italy and Malta. Two people were arrested at the time. Police estimated the market value of the cocaine at €180 million. At the time of the seizure of the drugs in February, top Albanian policeman Ardi Veliu said that two people had been arrested a day earlier after the cocaine, in small packages, was found in a container that had been unloaded from a ship coming from Colombia via Italy and Malta.
Albania was previously known as a crossroads for the trafficking of marijuana. Regular seizures show that traffickers still have stores of marijuana, despite a government crackdown significantly reducing the number of plantations.