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Poland Seizes Record Cocaine Worth Half a Billion Dollars

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7Dnews London

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:24 GMT

Nearly half a billion dollars worth of cocaine likely destined for sale across Europe has been sized in the northern Polish Baltic Sea port of Gdynia, the Polish prime minister said on Thursday December 5th.

The street value of the drugs amounted to some two billion zlotys (470 million euros, $522 million), Premier Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters in Warsaw.

"This is the largest smuggling attempt in at least the last 30 years", he said.

The cocaine was likely destined for other countries in the European Union. Four Colombians, one Iranian living in Germany and two Poles were arrested on drugs charges, AFP reported.

The cocaine was discovered mixed with chalk in a shipping container in the northern Polish Baltic Sea port of Gdynia, according to Polish customs officers.

The police added they also found a sophisticated laboratory in western Poland linked to the drugs gang.


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