Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Friday, December 11, 2020

613 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZURE CONFIRMS MALTA'S STATUS AS MAJOR PLAYER IN INTERNATIONAL DRUG PIPELINE

 

 The seizure, by Malta's Department of Customs, of 613 kilograms of Cocaine, arriving from Colombia and Ecuador, is yet another indicator that the Mediterranean EU country has become one of the principal players in the international Cocaine drug distribution network into Europe and beyond. The seizure, conservatively estimated by the authorities as valued at €69m, dwarfs all prior seizures in Malta in 2020, and if it is an indication of what has not been interdicted, confirms that organized crime elements in Malta are ramping up their transnational narcotics operations.

One source stated that the contraband, which was hidden in a legitimate commercial shipment of material being exported, was destined for Libya, but its ultimate port of entry into Europe is not known. It was concealed within pallets of cooking oil.


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