Cocaine with street value of €10.3 million seized at Malta Freeport

The customs department seized 91.25kg of cocaine hidden inside three reefer containers

Sunday’s discovery followed Tuesday’s previous find of 24kgs of cocaine
Sunday’s discovery followed Tuesday’s previous find of 24kgs of cocaine

Customs officials seized seventy-six packets of cocaine weighing 91.25kg, with a street value of €10.3 million on Sunday. 

The customs department said the drugs were hidden in three containers at the Malta Freeport.

Sunday’s discovery followed Tuesday’s previous find of 24kgs of cocaine.

The department said that early on Sunday morning the Customs Container Monitoring Unit selected several containers for scanning. Following initial scans, irregularities in three of the reefer containers were spotted, which pointed to narcotics hidden in the refrigerant compressor unit. A physical search then confirmed the suspicion.

The operation continued into the early hours of Monday morning.

The two containers had been shipped to Malta from South America, en-route to Durres, in Albania. While the other container, also from South America, was on it’s way to Thessaloniki, Greece.

The discovery raised the number of drugs seized by officials so far this year to 606.45kgs of cocaine, with a street value of €68.2 million.

A police investigation is currently ongoing, and a magisterial inquiry is underway.  

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