BUCHAREST, Romania — Prosecutors say they have detained two Romanian men believed to belong to a drug cartel planning to transport €90 million (US$120.14 million) of cocaine to western Europe.
Organized crime prosecutors accuse the two of involvement in a Colombian cartel transporting 1.5 tons (1.36 metric tons) of the drug from Ecuador to Romania, and on to other European countries.
Authorities say they worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and with Italian, Spanish and Ecuadorean authorities on the case.
In 2007, authorities in Ecuador apprehended 364 kilograms (800 pounds) of cocaine believed to be part of the same network concealed in crates of frozen fish.
A court is expected to rule Friday whether Constantin Nadolu and Catalin Iosef can be held for 29 days, pending trial.