Three big cannabis plantations have been discovered in a week in Albania as police battle to stamp out a resurgent drug industry that has flourished since the collapse of communism.
The farms were in the south, close to the Greek border, a region that has long been a centre of marijuana cultivation. Police say that drug trafficking is the most prevalent cross-border crime in the area.
Cannabis cartels once operated across large parts of Albania, often recruiting impoverished pensioners to grow the plants on their smallholdings. They exported most of their crop to neighbouring Greece or across the Adriatic sea to Italy, where some of it was then trafficked on to the UK.
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