German customs officials seize cocaine worth €145m

Customs officials in the German port of Hamburg have seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €145m.

Custom investigators stand next to packages of cocaine on display at the customs office in Hamburg, Germany. Photos: Axel Heimken/dpa via AP
Custom investigators stand next to packages of cocaine on display at the customs office in Hamburg, Germany. Photos: Axel Heimken/dpa via AP

Rene Matschke, head of the Hamburg customs investigation office, said on Friday the cocaine - the largest single seizure of the drug in Germany to date - had a very high degree of purity, news agency dpa reported.

Packages of cocaine are on display at the customs office in Hamburg.
Packages of cocaine are on display at the customs office in Hamburg.

The haul - weighing 1,580lbs - was seized on January 18 after it was found in a shipping container from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao.

German customs officials seize cocaine worth €145m

Mr Matschke said that an international gang was behind the cocaine shipment and that there was a hostage-taking linked to the drugs in the Netherlands on Monday.

- AP

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