Saturday, August 12, 2023

8,000 kg cocaine seizure at Port of Rotterdam

Fernando Villavicencio was known for speaking out against drug cartels and corruption in Ecuador.
Customs in Rotterdam have confiscated more than 8,000 kg (17,600 pounds) of cocaine, the largest seizure of the drug in the Netherlands. Drugs had an estimated street value of 600m million euros. ($668m USD) No arrests have been made. The haul doubles the previous cocaine record. Prosecutors said the drugs were discovered on July 13 hidden in a container of bananas from Ecuador. Rotterdam and the Belgian port of Antwerp are the main gateways for cocaine into Europe. The bust came a day after presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, a member of Ecuador's national assembly, was executed at a campaign rally.