LIMA – Peruvian police seized 2 tons of cocaine camouflaged among sacks of granulated coffee that were about to be shipped by sea to Europe, the daily La Republica said Saturday.
According to information to which local media had access, the police operation took place on Friday and targeted the same criminal organization that was dismantled Thursday in possession of around 250,000 ecstasy pills it was sending to Mexico.
While the eight people detained by Peruvian police for their involvement in this case are of Peruvian nationality, anti-narcotics agents told La Republica that the group is an international mafia made up of Colombians, Dutch and Peruvians.
The 2 tons of cocaine seized on Friday were hidden in a container in the port of Callao, ready to be sent to Holland as a shipment of Peruvian coffee.
This case is related to another operation by local police that on July 17 seized 30 kilos (66 lbs.) of cocaine found in an SUV fuel tank.
The final destination of that drug shipment was meant to be Spain.
Peru is the world’s No. 1 producer of coca leaf and is considered the second biggest producer of cocaine after Colombia.
Latin America Herald Tribune website 07/25/2010