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Customs officials in Rotterdam found 4,178 kilos of cocaine in the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday evening

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Cocaine seized in Rotterdam

Cocaine seized in Rotterdam

Cocaine seized in Rotterdam

A massive seizures of cocaine this week has highlighted how drug gangs traffickers are targeting European ports.

In the biggest drug bust in the country this year, customs officials in Rotterdam found 4,178 kilos of cocaine in the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday evening.

Officers found the drugs in two containers from Paraguay, which were loaded onto another ship in Uruguay.

The stash was hidden among soya beans in big bags destined for Portugal and is estimated to have a street value of around €313 million.

Earlier last week, investigators in Rotterdam seizure another cache of 1,400 kilos of cocaine.

In September, European policing organisation Europol published a report saying the increased use of shipping containers to conceal drugs has made the high volume ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg the new hub of the European cocaine market.

While Antwerp is the biggest arrival port for cocaine, most of the drug is “is likely intended for organisations operating out of the Netherlands, from where the cocaine is further distributed to other European destinations”, Europol said.

Dutch customs officers impounded 48,000 kilos of cocaine in the ports and at Schiphol airport last year, a rise of 24% compared to 2019.

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