Belgium Seizes 3 Tons of Cocaine in Colombian Banana Container


Belgian authorities have found three tons of cocaine in a container of bananas from Colombia at the port of Antwerp, customs officials said on Tuesday.

"The inquiry and search service of Customs and Excise has found 2,958 kilos of cocaine in a container containing bananas," the customs service said in a statement.

"The container, which came from Colombia, was chosen for a search following a risk analysis. Enquiries are continuing," the statement said.

Antwerp is Belgium's commercial heart and the second biggest port in Europe.

The seizure comes just months after police in Spain seized three tons of cocaine and arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers from Spain, Britain and the Netherlands.