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Over 50 kilos of cocaine, worth around €5.6m, found hidden in shipping containers


Over 50 kilos of cocaine worth around €5.8 million has been discovered in two containers at the Freeport, the Customs Department said.

The find comes just a week after a €32.4 million cocaine bust.

During routine screening of containers arriving to and transiting through Malta, seven containers with a high-risk route were selected for scanning by the Container Monitoring Unit.

Following preliminary scans, two reefer containers had irregularities which pointed to possible narcotics hidden in the reefers, the department said.

The first reefer container was found to be carrying 20 packets of cocaine, weighing 24kgs and worth approximately €2.7 million. The second reefer container was found to be carrying 23 packets of cocaine, weighing 27.6kgs and worth €3.1 million.

 In both cases, the narcotics were found hidden behind the reefer’s compressor panelling.

 A total of 43 packets of cocaine, weighing 51.6 kg, were elevated. The drugs have an estimated street value of €5.8 million.

Both reefer containers were carrying fruit and transited through Malta from South America en-route to Albania.

The case was handed over to the Police Anti Drug Squad, which is conducting the investigations.

A magisterial inquiry has been launched, with the assistance of a team of experts from the Police Forensics Unit. 

Original article found on The Malta Independent


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