Belgian customs have intercepted a total of 27.64 tonnes of cocaine in the port of Antwerp over the past 42 days as part of a major anti-drug operation, the Antwerp prosecutor’s office announced on Monday.
According to the same source, these seizures are directly linked to the investigation of a criminal organization suspected of providing encrypted phones to criminal circles in Belgium.
The seized drug has a total market value of no less than 1.382 billion euros, the Antwerp prosecutor’s office said.
He added that a record seizure – a consignment of nearly 11 tonnes of cocaine – was made overnight from Friday to Saturday in the port of Antwerp.
The port of Antwerp remains the main gateway for cocaine into Europe, according to the Container Control Program (CCP), set up by the UN and the World Customs Organization.
In 2020, a record quantity of over 65 tonnes of cocaine was seized at this port.