A shipment of 5,170 kg of cocaine bound for the Netherlands was seized in the port of Antwerp last month, the Dutch police reported on Wednesday.
Belgian customs intercepted the container, which was filled with rice from Paraguay, on 12 June and informed the Dutch police. The drugs had an estimated street value of over €250 million.
Nearly 80% of the drugs that reach the port of Antwerp are destined for the Netherlands, according to the police. Therefore, Belgium and the Netherlands have recently set up a task force to jointly combat cocaine smuggling and drug trafficking from the port.
The task force has already made ten arrests in two months, and other large shipments of drugs have also been seized.