"Cocaine boat" worth 225 million intercepted in Ostend

A shipment of cocaine worth some 225 million euros has been intercepted in a boat in the port of Ostend. The drugs were hidden in a double floor. Four suspects - one from Ostend and three Dutchmen - have been arrested. Police are investigating drugs transports from South America.
(archive picture Zeebrugge)

A fishing boat at the Baelskaai in Ostend was hiding no less than 1.5 tons of unadulterated cocaine, the West Flemish judicial authorities confirmed. 

Detectives had been monitoring the vessel for some time, as part of an investigation into drugs trafficking from South America. The boat was seized and searched in Zeebrugge. Because it's pure cocaine, the street value is considerable.

One man from Ostend and three people from the Netherlands were arrested.

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