After their apologies to the 4th special investigator of Thessaloniki, the five defendants were remanded in custody for the “mammoth” quantity of 585 kg of cocaine seized last week in Thessaloniki.

Among them is one 50 years old, citizen of Albania, who is alleged to have had a leading role in the alleged activity of the drug trafficking ring and, according to his statement, works as fireman in the neighboring country.

In addition to the 50-year-old, the accused his 42-year-old wife, their two nieces (21 and 33 years old) and a 35-year-old Greek, of Albanian origin. All are prosecuted for forming and joining a criminal organization, drug trafficking, jointly and professionally (in the form of importing, storing, possessing and transporting).

In their apologies, the four men appear to have claimed that they were merely “carriers” of the drugs, that they would deliver them to someone else and that they themselves were “carrying out orders”.

The 50-year-old reportedly apologized that he would collect 50,000 euros for the transfer. Instead, the 42-year-old woman denied any involvement in the case.

With the agreement of the investigator and the prosecutor, their temporary detention was decided and they already made their way to the prisons.

How the cargo was seized – mammoth

The information about the illegal cargo – the largest seized in Thessaloniki and one of the largest nationwide – reached the Greek authorities through the office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Athens. It was not officially known how and when the drugs arrived, but it is considered certain that they came from Latin America and were transported by sea to the port of Thessaloniki. They were received by the accused members of the ring, while, according to the announcements of the Police, most of it was intended to be exported to the neighboring country, from where it was to be trafficked to other European countries and a small part would be trafficked to Greece.

Police officers of the Department of General Affairs of the Narcotics Prosecution Sub-Directorate of Thessaloniki were following the suspicious movements of the persons involved and after an operation arrested the five accused in the areas of Agia Triada and Epanomi.

Some of the 500 parcels had the swastika symbol on them, which according to EL.AS officials. appears to be linked to the practice followed by Latin American cartels of using logos to identify the quantities of cocaine they manufacture in their laboratories.