Peruvian anti-drug police seized 58 one-kilogram packages of cocaine Thursday bearing photos of a Nazi flags on the skin and the identify “Hitler” printed in low aid. The medication have been discovered within the port of Paita, on Peru’s northern Pacific coast, near its border with Ecuador.
The cocaine was hidden in a transport container carrying asparagus on the Liberian-flagged vessel SC Anisha R, which had earlier anchored in an Ecuadorian port, based on a police report obtained by The Related Press. It mentioned the cargo was destined for a port in Belgium.
The Peruvian police’s anti-drug directorate confirmed movies and pictures to the AP revealing that the medication have been stashed contained in the air flow system of the transport container. Police continued to look the greater than 80 containers on the vessel.
Peruvian authorities have beforehand reported discovering cocaine in brick-shaped packages with varied and unusual symbols, however by no means with one of many flag of Nazi Germany.
Authorities in Peru estimate the nation produces round 100 tons of medicine per 12 months, and most of it leaves for Europe by sea, but in addition on small planes that carry cocaine to Bolivia on its strategy to Atlantic ports.
Police didn’t say if anybody was arrested.
Peruvian authorities seized 22 tons of cocaine in 2022.
Authorities in Peru estimate that the nation produces round 100 tons of medicine per 12 months and most of it’s shipped to Europe by sea, however it additionally leaves the nation on small planes that carry it to Bolivia, on its strategy to Atlantic ports.
Peru is the world’s second-largest grower of coca leaf, based on the United Nations, and the world’s second-largest producer of cocaine, based on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
It isn’t unusual for trafficked medication to incorporate designed packaging. Final month, packages of cocaine value greater than $100,000 washed up on a number of Florida seashores, together with one wrapped in packaging that appeared to mimic the Chanel logo.
In March, police in Italy discovered a big cache of medicine in packaging decorated with images of notorious Mafia leaders — together with the “Cosa Nostra” boss who was just lately arrested after 30 years on the run. That very same month, a “narco sub” was intercepted off Colombia carrying practically 1,000 packages of cocaine, a few of which gave the impression to be labeled “ROCKY” and “LMM.”
AFP contributed to this report.