Securing over 30 kilograms of cocaine – German Customs

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9 August 2019

Drug smuggling stopped in the vehicle hiding place

The civil servants of the main customs office in Duisburg were able to stop the smuggling of more than 30 kilograms of cocaine in a vehicle hiding place on 1 August 2019.

The control unit Verkehrswege Emmerich routinely inspected a vehicle coming from the Netherlands on the motorway 3 near the border crossing Elten. The solo traveler was on his way home after a business meeting. On request, the 55 year-old driver stated that he carries no prohibited goods or cash in excess of 10,000 euros.

While looking through the vehicle, a customs officer noticed that several layers of carpet had been laid on the floor of the vehicle. When he looked under it, he could look into a hiding place with a package wrapped in foil. 
The hiding place was closed with a metal plate, which could be opened only by enormous force expenditure. It revealed several foil-wrapped packages containing more than 30 kilograms of cocaine.

The 55-year-old man was provisionally arrested by the customs officers. The seized drug would have achieved on the black market proceeds of approximately 1.5 million euros.

At the request of the public prosecutor Kleve an arrest warrant was requested at the competent district court. The further investigation leads on behalf of the public prosecutor Kleve the customs investigation office food – service seat Kleve.