International Drug Trafficking in Kosovo 1

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On November 17, 2013, Justice in Kosovo broadcast a program on international drug trafficking in Kosovo.  This clip was recorded in cooperation with the Kosovo Police anti-drugs unit.

The program shows exclusive footage on how the police has destroyed the trafficking networks of heroin, cocaine, and marihuana, which are thought to have brought approximately 300 kilograms of drugs into the country.

Kosovo is a transit stop for many drugs on their way to EU countries. Justice in Kosovo team has cooperated with the Kosovo Police for nine months in order to see the activities of the Kosovo Police anti-drug unit.

Kosovo Police data shows that the heroin trafficking starts in Afghanistan, then continues through Turkey and Kosovo and ends up in EU countries. Marijuana is brought from Albania to Kosovo and then continues on to EU countries.
The analysis of the Kosovo Police shows that a portion of drugs remains in Kosovo and it is consumed by domestic (Kosovo) drug users.

During the first six months of the cooperation with Justice in Kosovo, Kosovo Police confiscated 15 kg of heroin, 295 kg of marijuana, 3.5 kg of cocaine, 264 cannabis plants, 26 kg of ecstasy, and 34 grams of other drugs.

In addition, there is an exclusive footage of high-risk police operations conducted while confiscating 120 kilograms of marijuana in Peja, seven kilograms of heroin in the village Shkabaj, 12 kilograms of marijuana in Gjakova, and five kilograms of heroin in Ferizaj.

One of the most important operations was during September 2013 when Kosovo Police confiscated approximately 7 kilograms of heroin.

According to police information, the heroin came from Turkey to the village Shkabaj, near Prishtina. The drug was mixed with other drugs and packaged in the village Shkabaj.
The drug dealers were headed to Albania, but Kosovo Police stopped them near Prishtina. The drugs and the vehicles were confiscated immediately.

There were many operations similar to this one. During the clip, the audience had the chance to see many of the places where drugs are consumed.
Moreover, the program explored the ways of hiding narcotics and the international connections of the trafficking networks that operate in Kosovo.