According to the authorities, around half a ton of cocaine – disguised as charcoal and hidden in sacks – was found in the port of Rotterdam. The real destination: Ireland.
Almost half a ton of cocaine worth more than 35 million euros is said to have been seized by the authorities in the port of Rotterdam. The drugs were well hidden – under around 2,000 sacks full of charcoal.
Smugglers gave up cargo
According to media reports, the cocaine had already arrived in Europe’s largest port a few weeks ago – the actual destination: Ireland. In the hope of putting the masterminds, the officials initially observed the two containers in question for a longer period of time. According to the Irish Times, the smugglers abandoned the cargo when they found they were being monitored. The newspaper referred to police sources.
A few days ago, the drug was finally brought ashore from Dublin harbor under the guard of the Irish Navy. The cocaine had previously been seized by the Irish national police, Garda Síochána, in cooperation with the Dutch police, the tax office and defense forces. The navy had accompanied the transport of the containers to Ireland.
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Thanks to drug detection dogs and mobile X-ray scanners, the supposedly harmless cargo was exposed. According to a statement that the Garda Síochána published on Facebook on Wednesday, the authorities believe that an ‘organized criminal group’ is behind the importation of cocaine from South America into Europe.
Possibly the largest drug discovery in Irish history
According to the report, the cocaine was treated with a nifty method that mixed the drugs with carbon and disguised them as charcoal, which suppressed the odor.
The Irish Police Department speaks of a street sales value of up to 35 million euros. However, it will take at least a few more days for the cocaine to be fully extracted from the charcoal. According to the Irish Times, this is costly because the cargo contains both real and counterfeit coal. If the assumption is confirmed, this would be one of the largest drug discoveries in Irish history.
According to John O’Driscoll of the Garda Síochána, the find has ‘a significant international dimension and reiterates the importance of cooperation within law enforcement agencies in Europe and beyond’.