Customs officials have managed to seize cocaine valued at a total of over €32 million.

It is understood that during an inspection, officials from the Container Monitoring Unit  flagged up of 12 refridgerated containers going through Malta Freeport, during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Follows scans of the containers, three contained a number of hidden packages, while a fourth was also discovered to contain a further suspicious package hidden within an inner compartment.

Following physical checks within the fruit containers, officials found a total of 240 packages of a combined weight of 288kg. Officials state that the amount is valued at €32.4 million.

The four containers were subsequently checked physically and found to contain:

  • Container number one – 37 packets of cocaine, weighing 44.4kgs, with an approximate street value of 5 million euros;
  • Container number two –  54 packets of cocaine, weighing 64.8kgs, with an approximate street value of 7.3 million euros;
  • Container number three – 69 packets of cocaine, weighing 82.8kgs, with an approximate street value of 9.3 million euros;
  • Container number four – 80 packets of cocaine, weighing 96kg, with an approximate street value of 10.8 million euros.

It is understood that the four containers had all originated from South America, transiting through Malta to another EU member state.

Investigations are now being carried out by the Police Anti Drug Squad.

An inquiry has also been launched along with the help of the Police Forensics Unit.