Customs officials seize over 48kg of cocaine coming from Ecuador

A cocaine consignment passing through Malta from Ecuador and heading to Greece was seized by Maltese Customs officials earlier today and is calculated to be valued at five million euros
 

48kg of cocaine with a street value of €4.5 million has been seized by Customs officials
48kg of cocaine with a street value of €4.5 million has been seized by Customs officials

Following Tuesday's five-tonne cannabis bust, the second largest drug haul ever, today, the Department of Customs registered another success with a 48kg cocaine seizure.

The approximate street value is calculated to be 5 million euros, the Customs officials said in a statement.

A refrigerated container coming from Ecuador and destined to Greece was selected for scanning following risk analysis carried out by the Department's Container Monitoring Unit.
 
Following a scan using the new Nuctech scanner, several packets containing a white substance were located, and consequently discovered hidden, behind a panel above the refrigerant compressor. A total of 40 individual packets weighing a total of 48kg were elevated. The substance was tested and preliminary results point to a positive indication for cocaine.
 
The case was handed over to the Police Anti Drug Squad for further investigations, while duty Magistrate, Dr Caroline Farrugia Frendo,  is leading a Magisterial inquiry.

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