German police seize 351 kilogrammes of cocaine

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German police said Wednesday they had seized a shipment of 351 kilogrammes of cocaine worth millions of euros and smashed an international drug smuggling gang, making nine arrests in the process.

Experts estimated the black-market value of the pure cocaine, hidden in containers of sandstone and shipped to the northern German port of Hamburg from Paraguay via Argentina, at 11.4 million euros (15.1 million dollars).

Customs officials in Hamburg were tipped off by colleagues in Hong Kong who discovered cocaine in a container exported from the sandstone factory in Paraguay.

Following raids last week, police arrested nine suspects aged between 20 and 56.

© 2010 AFP

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