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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Macedonian police in cocaine haul

BBC: Police in Macedonia have seized around 400kg of cocaine in the country's largest-ever haul of the drug.

Officers found the cocaine, which has a street value of more than $50m (£26m), hidden in 60 paint tins on a truck which was crossing from Kosovo.

The driver of the vehicle, a Macedonian citizen, was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.

A police spokesman said the narcotics - high-quality Venezuelan cocaine - were likely bound for Greece.

"The drug was packed in paint containers and was coming from Venezuela, through Montenegro, Kosovo, being aimed at Greece," spokesman Ivo Kotevski told AFP news agency.

The drugs were loaded at the port city of Bar in Montenegro and the truck was stopped on the border between Macedonia and Kosovo at the town of Blace, some 20km (12 miles) north of the capital, Skopje.

The seizure was the result of a tip-off, officials said.
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