Customs confiscated a record 4.5 metric tons of cocaine in a shipping container in Hamburg, northern Germany, with a street value of nearly €1 billion, it announced on Friday.
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 which claimed to be full of soybeans. The shipment was being transported from Montevideo in Uruguay, via Hamburg, to Antwerp, Belgium.
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