The Belgian and German police found 16 tons of cocaine in the port of Hamburg, hidden in shipping containers from Paraguay. Subsequently, Dutch and Belgian law enforcement officers found a cache in Antwerp with another 7.2 tons of drugs. Writes about this The Guardian.
The publication reports that the police have already detained a 28-year-old man on suspicion of organizing the smuggling of this consignment of cocaine. Its total weight is 23 tons.
“The seized mega-shipments together constitute an absolute record. Never before has so much cocaine been intercepted at the same time,” law enforcement officers of the Netherlands note.
The record consignment of cocaine was discovered after German customs officials discovered “clear violations” in the contents of the putty cans.
Investigators ordered the unloading of containers and found caches of cocaine in more than 1,700 cans.
“This is the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in Europe and one of the largest single seizures in the world,” German customs officials said.