Wednesday 10 August 2022

Rotterdam port officials find cocaine worth €100m hidden in boxes

Photo: public prosecution department

Photo: public prosecution department

Customs officials in Rotterdam have discovered 2,900 kilos of cocaine hidden in a shipping container at the city’s port. The drugs were disguised in boxes packed in a shipment of household goods.

The container was shipped to the Netherlands from Curacao and was destined for the German town of Kranenburg. The find was made on March 11 but has only just been made public.

The investigation is ongoing in both the Netherlands and Germany, the public prosecution department said in a statement.

The cocaine, which was hidden in 100 removal boxes, had a street value of at least €100m, officials said.

Police, customs inspectors and public prosecution department officials work together in a special team known as Hit and Run Cargo team, or HARC, to combat drugs smuggling through Rotterdam.

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