More than one ton of heroin was seized in Greece, pointing to a possible drug connection to the support apparatus financing the terrorists against the Syrian government. On the night of June 12, Greek Police and Coast Guard units, in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, seized more than 1.13 metric tons of heroin in two locations in Athens. This is the largest seizure in history for Greece.
Eleven people were arrested, including members of a Turkish gang and several Greeks, the latter identified as a Greek who owns a shipping company in Dubai, and his wife, who is said to be the daughter of a “diamond trader.” Half of the drugs, 500 kilos, was seized in a warehouse in Athens and the rest at a large villa owned by the mother of the ship owner’s wife. The drugs were brought into Greece by an Istanbul-based Turkish gang, across the Greek-Turkish border from Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, according to the Greek daily Kathimerini, citing unnamed sources. The drugs were to be reshipped to Belgium and Germany.
It is said that after the addition of cutting agents, the total weight of the drug could have reached as much as 8 tons, and would generate 200 million Euros in street sales. Police are thought to have been monitoring the suspects for almost six months. Other members of the gang were recently arrested in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Albania.
Greek intelligence sources told EIR that the case is unprecedented and points to the fact that the gang has very high protection by political and intelligence circles. This is the only way to explain the fact that the gang had “safe-housed” such huge amounts of the heroin in only two locations, one of which was a rather high-profile villa in the most expensive suburb of Athens. They also noted that the Turkish ringleader was coordinating the operation from a five-star hotel in Athens, where he was based for weeks. Further arrests may be expected in the near future.
One real possibility is that this is part of the gunrunning and support operation for the Sunni Alliance’s jihadi terror operations in Syria and Iraq, which are supported out of Turkey and protected by the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.