Germany seizes 1.5 tons of cocaine, 2nd big haul in weeks

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Customs officials in Hamburg have found 1.5 tons (1.65 U.S. tons) of cocaine on a container ship that arrived from Brazil, soon after Germany’s biggest-ever single seizure of the drug.

The port city’s customs office said Wednesday the new shipment was found last week in a container of tobacco cartons loaded onto the ship in Rio Grande, Brazil and headed for Antwerp, Belgium. The 1,575 packets of cocaine were hidden in 64 sport bags.

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The office estimated the haul’s street value at about 350 million euros ($392 million).

On Friday, the Hamburg customs office announced that it had seized 4.5 tons (nearly 5 U.S. tons) of cocaine last month in a container shipped from Uruguay, with an estimated street value of nearly 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).