09 September, 2005
Police in Igoumenitsa have intercepted a car carrying 83.160 kilos of heroin as it was preparing to board a ferry bound for Italy, arresting three foreign nationals in the vehicle.
The arrest was made on Wednesday night, while police said the drugs had been loaded in Turkey and were being driven to Spain via Italy and Germany.
The car was intercepted after it became involved in a minor traffic accident on the Ioannina-Igoumenitsa national road, colliding with a truck. The three - a German man and woman and an American - panicked and fled the scene of the accident, raising the suspicions of the truck driver who informed the police.
When the car arrived in Igoumenitsa, traffic police and drugs squad officers were waiting at a road block and the 162 packages of compressed heroin were quickly discovered by sniffer dogs, hidden in a special compartment in the floor of the car.
The haul is the largest ever found on land in Greece and is valued at around €500-600 million.
Igoumenitsa police have also informed Interpol, and an investigation has been launched to find the accomplices of the three in Germany, Spain and Turkey.
Source: Athens News Agency