Customs seize €15.7m in cocaine at the Freeport

Customs

€15.7 million worth of cocaine were seized by Customs at the Freeport on Saturday. Searches in three reefer containers by the Customs Officials led to the seizure of 120 packets of cocaine weighing 144 kg.

In a statement the Customs explained that 144 kg of cocaine from three reefer containers which were transshipping at the Malta Freeport en-route to Albania and Montenegro during an operation that kicked off at the early hours of Saturday and lasted 12-hours.

The drug haul came after the Customs Container Monitoring Unit selected several containers for scanning. The Customs Scanning Team took preliminary scans which showed irregularities in three of the reefer containers. The scans pointed to narcotics hidden in the refidgerant compressor unit which led to a physical search.

48 kg of cocaine in 20 packets were elevated from the first two containers which were both transshipping Malta, from South America and where en-route to the port of Durres in Albania. The estimated street value is of €5.4 million.

The third container had 80 packets of cocaine or 96 kg with an estimated street value of €10.8 million and was en-route to the port of Bar in Montenegro.

The case was handed over to the Police Anti-Drug Squad who are conducting the investigations.

A magistrate was appointed to lead the inquiry.

The Customs Department has seized 750.45 kg of cocaine worth an estimated value of €83.9 million of cocaine since January.

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