Saturday, March 24, 2018

2,052 kilos of cocaine seized in Brazil's port of Santos

Police in Brazil intercepted 2,052 kilos of cocaine at the port of Santos near São Paulo. It was the biggest bust ever made at the port. The drugs were hidden among legal shipments of coffee, sugar, and soy.
The containers were to be loaded on a ship called the Cap San Marco, and were destined for Hamburg, Le Havre, France, and Algeciras, Spain.

Santos was the busiest port in Latin America in 2016. The port accounts for nearly one-third of Brazil's trade. So far this year, Brazilian authorities have made six drug-seizures in Santos, totaling about 2,800 kilos. Brazil — its southeastern corner in particular — has emerged as a key transshipment point for South American cocaine headed to Europe. Brazil itself is also the world's second-biggest cocaine consumer, behind the US.