Hamburg - German customs has confiscated a record 4.5 metric tons (5 short tons) of cocaine in a shipping container in Hamburg, northern Germany, with a street value of nearly 1 billion euros.
The drugs were discovered two weeks ago during a routine check, resulting in the largest cocaine shipment ever seized in Germany. More than 4,200 packages in 211 sports bags were discovered in a freight container that shippers claimed was full of soybeans. The shipment was being transported from Montevideo in Uruguay, via Hamburg, to Antwerp, Belgium.
According to the Hamburg Customs Agency, “this enormous amount represents the largest individual seizure of cocaine in Germany.”