€10.3 million in cocaine seized in 19-hour operation by Customs

76 packets of cocaine weighing 91.25 kg were elevated with an estimated street value of €10.3 millions, Customs said on Monday.

The operation took place on Sunday and lasted more than 19 hours, when Customs Officials seized another 91.25 kg of cocaine from three containers at the Malta Freeport.

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In a statement Customs explained that the Customs Container Monitoring Unit selected several containers for scanning, during which irregularities were detected in three of the reefer containers. The scans pointed to narcotics hidden in the refrigerant compressor unit. The officials carried out a physical search which confirmed the preliminary suspicions.

From the containers, Customs retrieved 24 kg cocaine in 20 packets with an estimated value of €2.7 million from the first container. From the second container 40 packets of cocaine weighing 48 kg with a street value €5.4 million were elevated. In the third container yielded 16 packets of cocaine weighed 19.25 kg with a total estimated street value of €10.3 million.

From January 2019, Customs have seized 606.45 kg of cocaine worth €68.2 million.