Police in southern Italy have seized over a tonne of cocaine hidden in a Germany-bound refrigerated container used for transporting bananas, news agency ANSA said Thursday.
The drugs, with a street value of around 275 million dollars, were split in 144 packages hidden in a container from South America, the agency said.
According to the shipping documents the container’s destination was Germany.
The drugs were seized by Carabinieri police,with the help of customs agency and Interpol, in the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria near the Strait of Messina.
The agency cited a police statement as saying that the drugs were discovered after a few of the containers transported on the same boat from South America were scanned by customs.