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Albanian banana importer denies involvement in cocaine smuggling

In a recent interview, Eduart Dauti, owner of fruit importing company Alba Exotic Fruit, stated that it’s not his fault that cocaine was found in his banana containers. He claims it’s the authorities that are to blame instead. Some 11 kg of cocaine was seized in a shipment of bananas belonging to his company at the Port of Durres yesterday.

According to Dauti, that the containers are scanned by the authorities and he is only responsible after they have passed the check. He added that the authorities should find out who ordered the drugs and placed them in his containers. quoted him as saying: “I am a trader, I only import fruits. What happens outside that I have no responsibility for. It has to do with the authorities. Once the items pass the scanner, I am given confirmation to receive it. We don’t get anything that hasn’t been scanned first. Who would risk himself for 10kg of drugs?”.

Dauti added that he has no access to the port and access is only granted to the authorities. “It’s very simple to understand this situation. There are criminals in the Port of Durres or Piraeus, I cannot say who, as I do not have the power to investigate. I have a successful business, it’s profitable. I am happy about this, why would I risk it?”

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