Port of Durres: Cocaine found in exotic fruit consignment
The drugs were stashed inside a consignment of bananas destined for the Alba Exotic Fruit company.
This marks the fourth time in six weeks that drugs have been found in the company’s containers. In total, between July 13, 2021, and today, authorities have seized some 25 kg of cocaine from their containers.
Company administrator Bajron Gumeni, who owns 10% of the company, was arrested in July after the second shipment was found. Company owner Eduart Dauti is on the run. He gave an interview from France where he said he knew nothing about it, it wasn’t his fault, and that the Port authorities had put the drugs there.
Exit.al reports on Alba Exotic Fruit also being implicated in a cross-border drug bust involving the Greek Police, the US Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Albanian police. 137 kg of cocaine was found in the shipment when it arrived in Greece.
The authorities switched it for bags of rice with GPRS trackers in with the plan that once it arrived at its destination in Albania, local police would apprehend those involved. ■