Officials found about six tonnes of processed cannabis and 3 million super-strength “Captagon” amphetamine pills hidden aboard the Assad regime-flagged “Noka”, it said in a statement.
The freighter, with a crew of 11, was en route from the port of Latakia to Benghazi when it was intercepted by Greek authorities off the southeastern coast of Crete on Dec. 5.
The Noka was escorted to Heraklion port on the Greek island on Dec. 8, where the authorities unloaded its entire cargo.
The drugs were found under false floors in eight containers, hidden between layers of coffee, spices and wood shavings.
Assad regime controlled areas became a major amphetamines exporter and consumer as the trauma of the country’s war fueled demand and the breakdown in order created opportunity for producers.
Greek authorities have impounded the vessel and its contents. The crew have been arrested and will appear before a public prosecutor on Saturday.
Based on Reuters