Malta’s customs seize 24-kg cocaine

Investigations are being carried out by the Police Anti Drug Squad, while a magisterial inquiry has been launched.

Malta’s customs seized 24 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container, with a street value of 2.7 million euros , the Customs Department said on Tuesday in a statement.

A total of 20 packets of cocaine were found in a reefer container at the Malta Freeport after several were scanned by the Customs Container Monitoring Unit.

The container was transshipping in Malta from South America, en-route to Tirana, Albania.

Investigations are being carried out by the Police Anti Drug Squad, while a magisterial inquiry has been launched.

Last year was a record-breaker year for Malta’s customs in terms of cocaine hauls, which saw the Customs Department seizing a total of 284.7 kg of cocaine.

This year, in just 14 weeks, the Customs Department has seized 515.2 kg of cocaine.