European probe hits Nigerian cocaine ring: Swiss police
Swiss police said Monday that 17 people had been been arrested after a Nigerian cocaine trafficking network in Europe was dismantled in a 10-month joint investigation with Dutch and French police.
The traffickers managed to smuggle about 50 kilogrammes of cocaine into Switzerland worth some 5.5 million Swiss francs (3.9 million euros, 4.7 million dollars), police in the canton of Vaud said in a statement.
At least 30 kilos was taken elsewhere in Europe by two Polish alleged couriers, but Vaud police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said the full amount smuggled by the network was likely to be higher.
"Investigations are underway in France and the Netherlands, that's another parallel probe," he told AFP.
The investigations began after Swiss border guards found 3.2 kilos of the drug hidden in cartons of Dutch mineral water on an express train from Paris in May 2009.
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