Bananas hide record cocaine haul at Vlissingen port

Part of the haul. Photo: Dutch customs

Police and customs officials have seized a record 3,600 kilos of cocaine in the port of Vlissingen, the public prosecution department said on Thursday.

It is the largest haul discovered at the Zeeland port this year and has an estimated street value of €270 million. Vlissingen port police have arrested a 27-year-old man from Middelburg on suspicion of involvement in the drug smuggling.

The drugs, hidden in a consignment of bananas from Ecuador and destined for Germany, have been destroyed.

Just last month police seized 497 kilos of cocaine at the port, worth some €37 million.

Vlissingen is one of the smaller ports being targeted by drugs criminals, who are moving trade away from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It now has its own port police to combat the trade.

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