1,500 kilos cocaine found in mangoes at Rotterdam port; customs officer arrested
A massive 1,500 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden among mangoes in a container at the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday. A 37-year-old customs officer from Rotterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in this drug transport, the Public Prosecutor announced.
The container came from Brazil, according to the Prosecutor.
Early this year the Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at government services like customs and the police, started an investigation into a customs officer suspected of criminality. Information from the customs authority showed that this new cocaine bust is similar to incidents that are already part of that investigation, and that the suspect may be involved in this shipment.
The man was arrested and was kept in restricted custody, which means he was only allowed contact with his lawyer. He will be arraigned on Friday.