German Authorities Seize 4.5 Tonnes Of Cocaine Worth More Than 1bn
German authorities have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth €1billion ($1.1billion) in what is the nation's biggest ever drugs haul.
Hamburg customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago.
The container had come from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for Antwerp in Belgium.
Hamburg's customs office has seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth 1 billion euros in what is Germany's biggest ever drugs haul
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It was supposed to be loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine
It was supposed to be loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine.
In a statement, the customs office said: 'This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany.
'The confiscated cocaine was destroyed under strict and extensive security measures.
The container had come from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for Antwerp in Belgium
'Assuming that this probably very pure cocaine can be diluted to triple the amount for street sale, https://pt7.info/index.php?title=Sportsmail_Counts_Down_20_Best_Premier_League_Signings_Of_The_Decade the 4.5 tonnes have a street value of approximately one billion euros.'
It added that the Hamburg prosecutor's office was investigating who was destined to receive the contents of the container.
The 4.5 tonnes surpassed total seizures of 3.8 tonnes made in Hamburg in 2017.
The port in northern Germany is the country's largest and the third busiest in Europe.