On 1 August, OCCRP reported that a new report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime says that commercial seaports in South-eastern Europe (SEE) are nodes for cocaine and heroin smuggling and illicit trade. Drug shipments, mainly from Latin America, are frequently found in fresh fruit containers – specifically bananas. The study warned that the SEE’s hundred-plus ports and 12 container terminals serve as key entry and exit points for large-scale illicit trade in the Adriatic, Aegean, Black and Ionian Seas and the Danube.
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