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Record 8 Tons of Cocaine Seized at Port of Rotterdam

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August 11, 2023

AMSTERDAM, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Customs officials in Rotterdam seized a shipment of more than 8,000 kg (16,635 pounds) of cocaine concealed in a container of bananas, Dutch prosecutors said on Thursday, the largest on record in the port.

A spokesperson said the drugs had traveled from Ecuador via the Panama canal to Rotterdam before sniffer dogs found them in a container check on July 13. The seizure had been kept secret to assist in the investigation, which is continuing.

The drugs, with an estimated value of 600 million euros ($660 million) have since been destroyed.

No arrests in the case have been made in the Netherlands, the spokesperson said.

($1 = 0.9070 euros)

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alex Richardson)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

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