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Customs seizes 4.5 tons of cocaine valued at $1.1 bn

Germany’s customs have found
4.5 tons of cocaine onboard a containership at the Port of Hamburg,
representing the largest-ever cocaine shipment seized in this country.

As informed, the shipment
consisting of more than 4,200 parcels was discovered in 211 black sports bags
in a container aboard an unnamed vessel.

The cocaine has a street value
of around EUR 1 billion (USD 1.1 billion), according to the Hamburg Customs
Two weeks ago, customs officers
in Hamburg discovered the cocaine during a routine check of a suspicious
container that was supposedly loaded with soya beans. The container arrived
from Montevideo and was destined for Antwerp.
As informed, the drugs have
already been destroyed by the authorities under “strict confidentiality and
extensive safety measures.”
Customs said that this was the
largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany. It follows the three single
seizures in 2017 when the authorities in Hamburg found and withdrew from the
market some 3.8 tons of cocaine.
World Maritime News

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