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Germany Seizes Another 1.5 Tons of Cocaine on Boxship

Following the recent record seizure of cocaine shipment at the Port of Hamburg, local customs officers have discovered a further 1.5 tons of cocaine on board a containership.

The cocaine was found during a search of an unnamed boxship last week, Oliver Bachmann, a spokesperson of German Customs Authority, said in a statement.

A total of 1,575 packages of pressed cocaine was hidden in 64 sports bags. The shipment has a street value of about EUR 350 million (USD 392.3 million).

As informed, the container was loaded with tobacco boxes in Rio Grande in Brazil and bound for Antwerp in Belgium.

Customs added that the cocaine has already been destroyed under strict confidentiality and extensive safety measures.

On August 2, customs revealed they landed Germany’s largest-ever cocaine bust. Several weeks ago, they seized a total of 4.5 tons of drugs in a container also destined for Antwerp.

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Bags filled pressed cocaine in Hamburg. Image Courtesy: Hamburg Customs

World Maritime News Staff

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