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Malta customs bust hauls over 300 kilos of cocaine in canned pineapple consignment

Malta's largest ever narcotics bust has hauled over 300kg of cocaine packed in bags inside a container that was transporting canned pineapple from Ecuador to Spain

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Yannick Pace
16 March 2017, 6:20pm
The 350kg of cocaine packed and sealed inside a Customs bonded store
The 350kg of cocaine packed and sealed inside a Customs bonded store
Over 300kg of cocaine have been seized at the Malta Freeport by customs officials during an inspection of a container supposedly containing cans of pineapple.

The street value of the consignment is estimated to run into the tens of millions of euros, and will be confirmed following purity analysis and accurate weighing.

The bust is the largest ever narcotics haul in Malta.

An X-ray scan of the cocaine (Photo: Customs Department)
An X-ray scan of the cocaine (Photo: Customs Department)
The Customs Department said that upon inspection by its officials, six large sacks containing several bags carrying the white substance were discovered. A narcotics fields test conducted by Customs officials gave a positive indication for cocaine. Test carried out in laboratories later confirmed the substance was cocaine.

The container, which was on its way from Ecuador to Spain, was flagged as a potential high-risk container following risk analysis performed by the Customs Department. 

Customs said that upon discovery of the drugs, it requested the assistance of the Police Department and informed the duty magistrate of the case.

Both Customs Department and the Police Department are continuing their investigations, and the contents of the cans are now also being inspected.

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Yannick joined MaltaToday as a journalist in 2016. His main areas of interest are politics...