Albania, Major Route to Narcotics Trafficking in Europe
Albanian Daily News
Published August 1, 2017
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), following the publication of its annual report, provided detailed information on the change of the cannabis drug market in Europe.
According to the map published by the EMCDDA, Albania is a strategic point of cannabis trafficking from Afghanistan to the Netherlands and then Great Britain.
“Albanian criminal groups are reported to be involved in Afghan cannabis trade, mainly in Eastern and Central Europe, and through the Netherlands in the UK” informs EMCDDA.
About 647 tons of Cannabis Sativa and 641 tons of hashish were consumed in the European Union in 2013 and the retail market has a conservatively estimated total value of around EUR 9.3 billion in 2013.
“The European hashish market is currently one of the largest and most profitable in the world”, the report states.
Earlier in June, the EMCDDA published its 2017 European Drugs Report, pointing out that in our 2017 report, unlike last year, where Albania was not mentioned, our country is singled out both for growing cannabis cultivation and for the fact that it is becoming a major route to narcotics trafficking in Europe.