Albania says its campaign against the drugs trade is going well with most of the marijuana plants in the country being destroyed.Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said 99.2%, or 690,000 cannabis plants in 44 hectares (109 acres) seen on aerial maps, have been destroyed so far this year.
"The fight against drugs knows no end," he said. "It has a high cost and it is extremely difficult, but it continues."
Police have so far destroyed about 550,000 cannabis plants and 102 tons of marijuana with an estimated market value of €7bn (£5.5bn) - representing more than two-thirds of the country's annual gross domestic product.
The clampdown on the drugs trade began when police stormed the southern village of Lazaret with armoured personnel carriers, coming under automatic weapon and rocket fire as drug growers defended their crops.
Italy and the US have congratulated Albania's leaders on their success so far and promised continued support - they have law enforcement staff in place to help local police.
Prime Minister Edi Rama says the police operation against drug cultivation has cost the criminal gangs billions of euros.