ROTTERDAM – Customs intercepted 450 kilos of cocaine in the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday. The packages of drugs, with a street value of almost 34 million euros, were hidden in a container with preserved fruit from Guatemala, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) reports.
The drugs were found during the inspection of a seagoing vessel that was on its way from Panama to Antwerp and made a stopover in Rotterdam. In the container, the inspectors also found fourteen boxes between the barrels of preserved fruit. It contained sports bags stuffed with 450 packages of drugs weighing one kilo each.
The container was destined for a company in Germany, but according to the Public Prosecution Service, this seems to have nothing to do with the smuggling. The container had boarded the ship in Panama. The drugs have since been destroyed.