More than 54 kilograms of cocaine were found and confiscated by the anti-smuggling department of the 3rd Piraeus Customs Department last Monday (August 22), according to a statement from the Independent State Revenue Office (AADE).
After analyzing the suspicious cargoes, the inspectors of the anti-smuggling department of the 3rd Customs of Piraeus, on August 22, 2022, seized a suspicious container with the possible presence of drugs and subjected it to an additional check using an X-ray machine.
On August 24, 2022, during an inspection at the Piraeus container station, a mobile X-ray machine of the 3rd Customs of Piraeus detected a suspicious organic substance in the refrigeration equipment of the container. After that, an inspection was carried out by customs officers of the anti-smuggling department of the 3rd Piraeus Customs and senior officials of the Anti-Drugs and Smuggling Department of the LS-EL.AKT headquarters. and the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (PODIN) of the Port Authority of Piraeus, and 50 packages containing cocaine with a total mass of 54.378 kg were identified and confiscated.
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The aforementioned container was under close surveillance, until August 25, 2022, and after the approval of the competent prosecutor’s office, the staff of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Department of the LS Headquarters -EL.AKT. and the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (PODIN) of the Piraeus Central Port Authority in the Western Attica region, after which it was seized.
The container in question arrived from the port of Guayaquil (Guayaquil), Ecuador, and had the port of Piraeus as its final destination.
The seized drugs were handed over to the Piraeus Port Authority, which is conducting a preliminary investigation. It is noted that the cost of the above-mentioned amount of cocaine is estimated at 2.3 million euros.