A record amount of cocaine worth 400 million euros has been recovered from the water off the coast of Sicily.
Record catch of cocaine. The drugs were found floating off the coast of Sicily
70 waterproof packages, weighing a total of two tons, were found floating in the sea near the port of Catania, according to Sky News. The packages, equipped with a light signaling device, were spotted from the sky by a surveillance plane.
The plastic wrap prevented the drugs from getting wet, and the packages were held together with fishing nets. Police used inflatable boats to recover the drugs and discovered the packages contained 1,600 packets of cocaine.
This is one of the biggest seizures ever made in Italy, with police calling it a record haul.” Police said the “method of packaging and the presence of a tracking light device” suggested a cargo ship dumped the drugs at sea .
Police vessels are monitoring the port of Catania to find any vessels that may have been involved in the operation.
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