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Police seize 1.3 tons of cannabis in Albania, arrest 11

TIRANA, Albania — Albanian police say they have seized 1.3 metric tons of cannabis along with weapons and ammunition in a storage space and an uninhabited house in a village 33 kilometres (20 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.

In a statement Wednesday, police said 11 local residents were arrested and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted as the drugs were ready to be sold.

Albanian police say that so far this year they have destroyed more than 1.8 million cannabis plants — three times more than all of 2015 — and seized tons of the drugs destined for western Europe.