Albania government denies links to organised crime

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Tirana, Albania – In a police storage facility just outside the Albanian capital, drugs are piling up to the rafters.

Inside the nondescript building, the scent of cocaine and cannabis is evident, produced by the tonnes of narcotics scattered over the floor and inside large metal closets. The storage units in this dusty building are full, so more bags of drugs are left in a stairwell.

While the sheer volume of narcotics confiscated from organised crime groups is impressive, the political discussion on this issue is even larger. Organised crime is a divisive issue in Albania.

Violent protests over allegations of vote-rigging have rocked the capital of Albania, a small Balkan

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