Thursday, March 3, 2016

Drug Report of State Department: Albania is a main source of marijuana

In the latest report of the US State Department for the fight against drugs, Albania remains a major source country for production of marijuana and a transit point for shipments of cocaine and heroin with final destination the European markets.

The report said that in 2015, the authorities conducted a series of arrests and seized a large quantity of drugs from manufacturers and traffickers operating in the country, continuing the trend of 2014. This success is mainly due to the continued cooperation with the Italian authorities and increasing the engagement of the political leadership and the police.

With the exception of cannabis, Albania is not leading in the production of other narcotics, basic chemical substances or synthetic drugs. Albania's government does not keep statistics on drug use. With the exception of marijuana, other drug use is not common, the State Department report states.

According to the Albanian police, the report said, during the first 10 months of 2015, 6.87 tons of marijuana were seized, 689.815 marijuana plants in an area of ​​44 hectares were destroyed. Authorities also seized 55.3 kg of heroin and 26.4 kg of cocaine, reports Voice of America.

Albania continues to receive aid from the United States and the European Union to improve its capabilities in the fight against narcotics.

Minister of Interior Affairs, Sajmir Tahiri said that the report is an evaluation for the work of every police officer, while democrat MP, Flamur Noka said that the report confirms that the state is connected to drug gangs.

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