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Berlin (AP) — German customs officials have found more than 16 metric tons of cocaine in containers arriving in Hamburg from Paraguay, officials said Wednesday. Another mass shipment of cocaine was confiscated in Belgium and the suspect was arrested in the Netherlands.
Hamburg Customs described the discovery at the German port as the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in Europe and one of the largest single seizures in the world.
According to the Hamburg office, the drug was found in a February 12 search for five containers from Paraguay, which were flagged as suspects in risk analysis by several European customs authorities. They detected “apparent irregularities” in three containers of putty in cans, but they also appeared to contain other products.
Customs officials have found cocaine hidden in more than 1,700 cans.
Over the next few days, German and Dutch authorities conducted further investigations, and on Sunday another 7.2 metric tonnes of cocaine were seized at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
According to Hamburg Customs, the total shipment of Hamburg and Antwerp (more than 23 tonnes) was a street value of “billions of euros”.
On Wednesday, Dutch officials arrested a 28-year-old man from the town of Wlardingen, suspected of being responsible for shipping.
Germany has found a large amount of cocaine shipments.Dutch discover the second one
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