Police intercept drugs worth EUR 180 mln

10th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – A tip from the Rotterdam police led Colombian authorities to uncover a shipment of cocaine with a street value of EUR 180 million. The 4,000 kg of drugs was confiscated en route from Peru to Rotterdam.

10 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – A tip from the Rotterdam police led Colombian authorities to uncover a shipment of cocaine with a street value of EUR 180 million. The 4,000 kg of drugs was confiscated en route from Peru to Rotterdam.

Justice officials in Rotterdam say it is one of the largest drug shipments intercepted in the last 10 years.

The shipment came to light after police found 40 kg of cocaine hidden behind wooden beams in a container shipped from Brazil to Rotterdam.

A 78-year-old man from Friesland who is suspected of involvement in the smuggling will be held for at least another week in connection with the investigation.

During the investigation the police discovered that the same group was planning to smuggle another container containing cocaine to the Netherlands, the public prosecution department explains. At the request of Rotterdam police the Colombian police searched the container.

The container held 30 bales of polypropylene, eight of which were filled with cocaine and black rubber to camouflage the drugs.

The investigation into the drug shipment will continue in both Colombia and the Netherlands. The Rotterdam justice department expects there will be more arrests.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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