Feds, NYPD bust 37 in NY-based Albanian drug ring.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the NYPD staged large-scale raids…

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the NYPD staged large-scale raids this morning targeting alleged members of a drug trafficking ring run by the Albanian Mafia in New York, while others were arrested in coordinated operation overseas, officials said.

The feds arrested 37 people this morning – members and associates of an Albanian mob made up of several family clans and involving “hundreds of associates and customers spanning three continents,” officials said.

Among other illicit activities, Brooklyn federal prosecutors say the organization ran an international drug trafficking ring that smuggled large quantities of hydroponically-grown marijuana from Canada into New York City.

Ecstasy was brought in from the Netherlands and Canada, while cocaine was transported from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru, officials said. The organization also trafficked in substantial quantities of prescription pills, such as the pain killer Oxycontin, the feds say.

Source: Mitchel Maddux for the New York Daily News.

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