Turkish citizen Nejdet Cesuroglu, suspected for ties to the heroin lab discovered earlier in Has, Albania, was found dead in an apartment in Pristina, Kosovo. Cesuroglu is reported to have been dead since December 2nd. The cause of his death is still unknown.
The police seized 113 kilograms of heroin in the apartment where the body was found.
Cesuroglu was suspected to have provided the opium plants for the heroin processing lab through his connections in Afghanistan.
Last week, police also arrested Albanian citizen Hekuran Hoxha who is suspected to be the kingpin of the Has lab.
The lab was discovered on October 19th, 2018. Police seized 150 kilograms of processed heroin ready to hit the market, as well as an amount of opium, the main substance used in heroin production.
This was the fifth drug processing lab to be discovered in Albania since 2015.
In January 2015, a cocaine processing lab was found in Xibraka, Elbasan. 121 kilograms of cocaine were seized alongside €200 thousand; two Colombian and nine Albanian citizens were arrested.
On April 15, 2017, a drug processing lab was discovered in a Fier apartment building. In 6 rooms with a total surface of 220 sq.m., 2784 cannabis plants and 2820 pots with saplings were found. Additionally, 167 plants in the process of drying were found.
On April 14, 2017, a drug lab was discovered 5 km from the center of Tirana in one of the tunnels of the former Tractor Factory. Inside the tunnel, which was isolated and outfitted with strong electric lamps and all the necessary infrastructure, a considerable amount of planted cannabis was found.
On April 12, 2017, a drug lab for the processing of cannabis was discovered in Skrapar, including around 2000 pots with cannabis plants. A few days earlier, 1.2 tons of dried cannabis ready to hit the market was found in a warehouse nearby.