Tuesday 03 August 2021

Officials seize three tonnes of cocaine disguised as pureed banana

Photo: OM Rotterdam

Customs officials at Rotterdam port have seized three tonnes of cocaine hidden in vats of banana puree.

The drugs would have had a value of €225m if they had reached the open market, the public prosecution department said.

The container was on its way from Ecuador to a company in Basel in Switzerland, but that company has no connection to the drugs, the department said.

The find is one of the biggest made in Rotterdam. In March officials seized four tonnes of cocaine hidden in a container which also came from Ecuador.

In May, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus said he was allocating a further €5m to tackle crime at the port.

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