1,250 kilos of coke found hidden in produce, fruit concentrate deliveries

500 kilos of cocaine found hidden in a container of fruit concentrate on Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam, 9 August 2019
500 kilos of cocaine found hidden in a container of fruit concentrate on Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam, 9 August 2019. (Photo: Politie)

The police and customs officers in the port of Rotterdam made two large cocaine busts over the weekend. They found a total of 1,250 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of produce and a shipment of fruit concentrate, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Sunday customs officers found 750 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container filled with fresh fruit at the port of Rotterdam. The police linked the container to a business premises on Oranjelaan in Rozenburg. The Rotterdam police raided the business premises on Monday. Five men who were at the premises were arrested on suspicion of cocaine trafficking.

Another 500 kilograms of cocaine was found on Friday, during a police and customs check at the port of Rotterdam. The drugs were hidden between fruit concentrate in a container that stood on a storage site on Maasvlakte. Whether anyone was arrested in connection with this discovery, the police did not say.

At this stage the police assume that the two drug shipments are not connected. The police, customs and Public Prosecutor in Rotterdam are investigating.

The drugs were destroyed. 

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