Malta Police Seize Record-Breaking Cocaine Shipment

Six men arrested in £160m cocaine haul off Plymouth

Six men arrested in £160m cocaine haul off Plymouth. Image Source: twitter

MALTESE Customs officers have seized a record-breaking 70 million euro worth of cocaine, the largest haul in the Mediterranean state’s history.

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana informed Malta’s Parliament on Wednesday evening that the haul was the equivalent to a year’s worth of seizures, and that the Class A drug packages were worth tens of millions of Euro.

Customs confirmed that they found a shipment from Colombia and Ecuador containing 510 packages of cocaine, each weighing 1.2kg. The street value of the total 612kg is estimated to be around 70 million euro, making the haul a milestone in Maltese customs history. The case has been handed over to the Police Drug Squad to investigate.

‘This haul is a record-breaker due to the high value and amount from a single container’, said customs, ‘To get a better perspective, during 2019 a total of 750kg (84.5 million euro) was intercepted from 16 separate containers’.

It is believed that Malta was not the final destination for the drugs, which were likely to be distributed by gangs across Europe. During the global pandemic, international drug traffickers have struggled with their lucrative business due to lockdown measures and increased security.

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