Two tonnes of cocaine found in coffee bags

July 25th, 2010 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS  

Lima, July 25 (IANS/EFE) Around two tonnes of cocaine camouflaged among sacks of coffee meant to be shipped to Europe were seized in Peru, police said.
Peruvian police launched an operation Friday and seized the narcotics, and also dismantled a drug cartel. Over 250,000 pills of party drug ecstasy, which the cartel was about to send to Mexico, were also seized, police said Saturday.

Eight people of Peruvian nationality have been detained for their alleged involvement in the case, police said, adding that the drug cartel consists of Colombian and Dutch nationals also.

The two tonnes of cocaine were hidden in a container in Callao port, ready to be sent to Holland disguised as Peruvian coffee.

On July 17, police seized 30 kg of cocaine hidden in an SUV fuel tank, meant to be sent to Spain.

Peru is the world’s biggest producer of coca leaf and the second biggest producer of cocaine after Colombia.



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