Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Macedonian police seize over 400 kilos of cocaine at Kosovo border

SKOPJE. Macedonia-Police in Macedonia seized more than 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of cocaine hidden in a truck near the border with Kosovo and arrested its Macedonian driver on suspicion of drug smuggling, authorities said on Sunday.

The cocaine, valued at more than €40 million (US$52 million), was the largest quantity of drugs ever seized by Macedonian authorities, police said.

It was found in 60 plastic paint containers hidden in a truck with Macedonian license plates at the border town of Blace, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Skopje, police said.

"This is high-quality Venezuelan cocaine," police spokesman Ivo Kotevski told The Associated Press.

The truck picked up its cargo in the port city of Bar in Montenegro and entered Macedonia through Kosovo. Its final destination was Greece, Kotevski said.

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