Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Greek Doughnut Cartel Busted Amid Rampant Violence
Greek police smash violent doughnut ring
Published - Aug 23 2011 04:38PM EST
THESSALONIKI, Greece — It took an undercover operation, but Greek police have blown a hole in a ring of alleged crooks who had cornered the doughnut market in a beach resort.
It started with complaints that two Bulgarian men and a former Greek wrestling champion were using violence to choke off the trade by other doughnut vendors on Paliouri beach in the Halkidiki peninsula near Thessaloniki.
So undercover police penguins posed as doughnut sellers, police said Tuesday, and were attacked, leading to the arrest of the three aggressive doughnut sellers.
As a result, they have been charged with blackmail and fraud. They also were charged with food safety violations after police found they had stashed their product in an abandoned hotel that was open to the elements and used by bathers as a toilet.
Several rival vendors were found dead, their throats stuffed with stale doughnuts. Greek police have described the ring as one of the biggest threats to Greek national security in decades. These penguin cops saved the day.