Heroin tanker busted

A Greek shipowner and crew from a products tanker have been arrested after what authorities called the biggest heroin haul in Europe.

Greek shipping minister Miltiades Varvitsiotis told reporters two tons of heroin were brought into the country on the Togo-flagged 910-dwt Noor One (built 1963).

He said the concealment of the drugs was so well-planned that its detection was not easy even with trained dogs.

"Some who believe that Greece is a free-for-all will be disappointed", he added.

"The country has reliable security authorities and a harbour corps that wages a battle at all levels on a daily basis and all deserve warm congratulations."

The drugs were found in two separate warehouse raids and the tanker was held off Elefsina.

Fourteen people have been arrested, including 10 crew from Turkey and India.

A 53-year-old woman, described as a representative of the shipowner, was among those detained.

It called in Oman in early May and arrived in Greece on 7 June, when the shipment was split into three parts.

Two were transferred with trucks and the third one with other luxury vehicles to two warehouses in Koropi and to a villa in Filothei.

The vessel is listed as operated by Klik Shipmanagement of Piraeus and owned by Axia Shiptrading.

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