Record Cocaine Bust at Rotterdam Port
A historic drug seizure at Rotterdam sees eight tons of cocaine, worth $653m, concealed in a Maersk ship's shipment of bananas.
The Port of Rotterdam was the scene of a record drug bust as Dutch customs seized eight tons of cocaine from a Maersk containership.
- Estimated Worth: €600m ($653m).
- Shipment Origin: Ecuador, routed via Panama.
- Disguise: Hidden among 12 pallets of bananas.
To put it into perspective, this bust is nearly twice the size of the 4.6 tons found in 2005. Still, globally, it trails behind a 20-tonne cocaine seizure at Philadelphia's port in 2019.