Al­ba­nian wanted for traf­fick­ing 613kg of co­caine through Malta ar­rested in Ger­many

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

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