Hamburg Police Seize 1.4 Tons of Cocaine in Biggest German Haul
April 13 (Bloomberg) -- Police in the German port of Hamburg seized 1.3 metric tons (1.4 tons) of cocaine concealed in wood briquettes shipped from Paraguay, the biggest-ever haul of the drug in Germany.
In nationwide raids that followed interception of the drug shipment yesterday, police made seven arrests, seizing cash and searching 19 properties with suspected links to the crime. Further individuals are being investigated, Hamburg police said today in a statement.
The cocaine, hidden in more than 1,240 compressed sawdust bricks, is of a very high quality and has a street value of 40 million euros ($54 million), according to the police statement.
Customs and police monitored the suspects since last year. They observed those behind yesterday’s haul making six “dummy” runs of briquettes without cocaine in shipments between Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital, and Hamburg. The cocaine in the seventh shipment was “packed very professionally,” police said.
By Brian Parkin
--Editors: Alan Crawford, Leon Mangasarian
April 13 2010