Two tonnes of cocaine destined for Belgium seized in Costa Rica
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Two tonnes of cocaine destined for Belgium seized in Costa Rica

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Two tonnes of cocaine hidden in a container bound for Belgium were seized in Costa Rica on Wednesday, the Costa Rican Interior Ministry said Thursday.

The drugs were discovered during the inspection of a pineapple shipment on board a container ship in the port of Moin by the anti-drug police.

The drugs were packaged in “2,000 packets of cocaine, each weighing about one kilo,” the interior ministry said.

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Tropical fruit exports by sea from Costa Rica are commonly used by drug trafficking networks, particularly to Europe.

Last October the Costa Rican authorities had already seized nearly three tonnes of cocaine from a cargo ship bound for the port of Antwerp. The drugs, in 2,903 one-kilo packets, were found in a shipment of bananas.

In Antwerp a record 65.48 tonnes of cocaine were intercepted at the port last year, according to figures from the FPS Finance’s General Customs and Excise Administration.

The Brussels Times