Germany largest cocaine bust, 4.5 tons of cocaine disguised as soybeans.

A shipment labeled soy beans entered Germany two weeks ago. But after a routine inspection, German customs officials found more than 200 duffel bags containing cocaine.

Officials said Friday that the duffel bags contained hundreds of packets with more than $1 billion worth of cocaine. They were confiscated by port customs officials in Hamburg, Germany, which houses the third-largest port in Europe – and the largest in the country.

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The shipment was being transported from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Antwerp, Belgium, before it was discovered by German officials.

The 211 duffel bags contained 5 tons, or nearly 10,000 pounds, of cocaine in total. They were packed in 4,200 sachets.

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Assuming that the cocaine could be cut to triple the amount for street sale, officials estimated its street value at 1 billion euros (approximately $1.1 billion).

The drugs, according to Hamburg customs officials, were already destroyed “amid strict secrecy and extensive security precautions.”

It was the country’s biggest single seizure of cocaine to date.

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In June, American officials seized over 35,000 tons of cocaine – the largest in U.S. customs history – from a ship at a port in Philadelphia.

The seizure resulted in the arrests of six crew members, all of whom were charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship.


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