Croatian police on Tuesday displayed hundreds of pounds of drugs they said were seized last year in two separate operations in the southern Adriatic port near the popular holiday resort of Dubrovnik
ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatian police on Tuesday displayed hundreds of pounds of drugs they said were seized in two separate operations last year in the southern Adriatic port near the popular holiday resort of Dubrovnik.
Nearly 220 kilograms (482 pounds) of heroin were found in the port of Ploce last October, the largest ever in Croatia, police said.
“We searched a container on a ship that came to the port of Ploce from Iraq,” said Zoran Tikvica, a criminal investigator with Dubrovnik police. Inside the container, we found 80 lead boxes weighing about 300 Kilograms, we found 296 packs (heroin) in 40 of them.
The heroin was intended for distribution in Western Europe, police said in a statement.
In November, divers found 61 kilograms (136 pounds) of cocaine in a metal container with magnets on the bottom of another ship from South America.
“In both operations, when we seized heroin and seized cocaine, it was determined that the quality and purity of these drugs were very high,” Tikvika said.
Police said the total estimated value of the drugs seized was 17 million euros ($19 million).