In Malta, more than 270 kilograms of cocaine were intercepted in containers with bananas destined for the port of Koper from Ecuador. The value of the seized drug on the black market could reach up to 50 million euros.
The Maltese authorities intercepted a shipment of bananas in the port of Freeport in the east of the country, which was destined for the port of Koper.
Customs selected several container units for X-ray inspection and found inconsistencies in two of them, so it physically inspected them. The two containers were loaded with bananas from Ecuador and were destined for Slovenia.
With the help of police officers from the anti-drugs department, customs officials found 170 packages in one of them, and 100 in the other, with a substance they suspected to be cocaine. Each package weighed one kilogram. The Maltese judicial authorities were informed of the find and a further investigation was launched.
The value of the seized drug (a total of more than 270 kilograms) could reach up to 50 million euros on the black market, reports the Maltese newspaper Malta Today.
A record find recently also in Italy
Recently, the Italian police also found cocaine in containers with bananas in the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria. According to the Italian financial police, 2,734 kilograms of extremely pure cocaine, which would be worth around 800 million euros on the black market, were seized in two 12-meter refrigerated containers with 78 tons of bananas.
The find was called a record.
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