Cocaine smugglers are getting more brazen in their business as 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth €1billion ($1.1billion) was seized in Hamburg, Germany.
It was the nation’s biggest ever drugs haul and eerily the second major seizure in the northern hemisphere, in two months.
In June, US officials seized approximately 16.5 tons of cocaine from a large ship, MSC Gayane, docked at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The ship from Chile was headed to Europe when the drugs were found. They were concealed in seven containers aboard the boat, an ABC News report said.
The haul is estimated to be valued at over $1 billion on the street, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In the latest find in Germany, Hamburg customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago.
The container had come from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for Antwerp in Belgium.
It was supposed to be loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine.
In a statement, the customs office said: ‘This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany.
‘The confiscated cocaine was destroyed under strict and extensive security measures.
‘Assuming that this probably very pure cocaine can be diluted to triple the amount for street sale, the 4.5 tonnes have a street value of approximately one billion euros.’
It added that the Hamburg prosecutor’s office was investigating who was destined to receive the contents of the container.
The 4.5 tonnes surpassed total seizures of 3.8 tonnes made in Hamburg in 2017.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Friday said it has suspended indefinitely the Aviation Security Officer, Jennifer Luka, who was involved in an alleged $600 theft at the Yola International Airport.
FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known on Friday in a statement in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a female staff member of FAAN, Luka, was arrested at the Yola airport for allegedly stealing 600 dollars belonging to a female pilgrim, Hafsat Mohammed.
Yakubu said the suspension would remain effective pending the completion of investigation into the case.
“The authority has consequently handed over the erring officer to the appropriate security agency for further questioning and prosecution.
“FAAN deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and the conduct of Jennifer, which does not reflect the values of the authority and its staff,” she said.
Yakubu assured the general public that the airports remained safe and secure for travellers and other airport users.
She also said FAAN remained committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of passengers and airport users.
The Adamawa Police Command spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said Luka discovered pepper in the bag of Mohammed which she threatened to seize, if she was not given bribe.
Yahaya said the FAAN official was given 10 Saudi Riyal by the pilgrim to allow her to go with the pepper.
The spokesman said it was during the bribe negotiation that the lady took 600 dollars from the woman’s bag.
Yahaya said when the pilgrim later discovered that her money was missing, she raised the alarm and the money was found in possession of FAAN staff.
In the latest action to pressure Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro into stepping down, U.S. says it will bar two Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations from traveling to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department said on Friday in a statement that the two officials, Rafael Mendoza, the commander of Venezuela’s special forces, and Ivan Dala, the Chief of Counterintelligence, had committed “gross violations of human rights.”
The U.S. imposed financial sanctions on the two officials, as well as three other people, in February.
The State Department’s move allows it to revoke any visas the two officials, their spouses and minor children may have and renders them ineligible for travel into the U.S.