ALBANIA – About 500,000 marijuana plants destroyed

TIRANA — Albanian authorities say they have confiscated about half a million cannabis plants this year, arresting 240 suspected growers and drug traffickers.

Ministry of the Interior spokesman Ardi Bita said today that fighting drug production was a “top priority” for police. Some seven billion euros (BDS$15.8 billion) worth of marijuana had been seized and destroyed so far, Minister of the Interior Saimir Tahiri said.

In this photo taken yesterday, a masked police officer holds cannabis plants in Kurvelesh commune, 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the Albanian capital, Tirana.
In this photo taken yesterday, a masked police officer holds cannabis plants in Kurvelesh commune, 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the Albanian capital, Tirana.

On Wednesday, 100 police destroyed some 16,000 plants in Kurvelesh, south of Tirana.

Albania was long a major marijuana producer in Europe. A crackdown started last year, when police stormed the southern Lazarat village with armored personnel carriers — despite coming under automatic weapon and rocket fire by drug growers.

Prime Minister Edi Rama has set the fight against drugs as a main priority for his government, elected in 2013.

Source: (AP)

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