13.07.2021 – 17:46
Catching 12 pounds Cocaine today in the Port of Durres is the smallest amount, compared to all cargo seized by the Albanian authorities in recent months. In the last 4 months alone, 4 more surgeries have been successfully performed and have resulted in the seizure of 928 kilograms of cocaine.
On June 18th Another strong blow by the law enforcement authorities in the Port of Durrës led to the seizure of a very large amount of cocaine, full of 324 kilograms and 400 grams, drugs that were transiting through the Albanian territory to Italy. Packages packaged with well-known perfume companies or sports clubs but also a ‘deja vu’ with the famous Brazilian whiskey, with which the amount of 400 kilograms seized in Kosovo was packaged on May 17 last, were found by the Durrës police in the server of a truck with foreign license plates, while the 40-year-old driver of the vehicle, a citizen of Northern Macedonia Nazif Ajrofski, was handcuffed. The detainee himself did not admit to knowing the amount of drugs while saying that he was transporting construction materials. The action was undertaken by the Permanent Joint Task Force consisting of the Border Police of the Port of Durrës, the Criminal Police of the DVP Durrës and the customs authorities of the Port. It is learned that the truck with license plates of Northern Macedonia was in transit to Italy.
On May 17, 2021, seven were arrested during the operation where 400 kilograms of cocaine were seized in Kosovo, a drug which passed through the Port of Durres. For Izet Sheqiri, Kadri Sheqiri, Kadri Ibrahimi, Fehmi Bytyqi, Faton Vrajolli, Enver Belegu and Bajram Maliqi, they were sentenced to detention for the criminal offenses: “Participation and organization of an organized criminal group”, “Unauthorized possession of narcotics, psychotropic substances” or analogues ”, and“ Unauthorized possession, control or possession of weapons ”.
While on April 10th Another amount of 143 kg of cocaine divided into 120 packages was seized by the Albanian Police. The cocaine was found in a container filled with bananas on behalf of the Albanian company ‘Masabi Fruits’ based in Kombinat, Tirana, on the ship ‘Dance’ that left Ecuador and arrived in Durrës on Saturday. The cocaine packages were stamped with a photo of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug trafficker, as well as the notes “El mejor” (the best) and “Viejon” (the elderly) and were wrapped in brown and black natriban. The container where the drugs were found was unloaded from the container ship “Dance”, a ship with a Portuguese flag that was coming to Durrës after stopping in the Greek port of Piraeus. Police have arrested in flagrante delicto two partners of the company ‘Masabi Fruits’ Clyde Xibraku and Erion Peti.
WHEREAS on April 1st, in the Port of Durrës was seized another smaller quantity, 49 kg of cocaine, coming from Latin America in a container with bananas owned by Selim Çekaj, father of Arbën Çekaj, the latter sentenced to 14 years in prison for the quantity 613 kg of cocaine in 2018. Both are currently in jail.