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Illegal Drugs & Smuggling

The transport of illegal drugs through European ports and the measures taken by port authorities, national governments and international organisations to counter the efforts of smugglers. This includes news about the European Union and Europol, and illegal drug discoveries in docked ships and ports.

500 kg of cocaine seized in the Dutch port of Vlissingen

Vlissingen, The Netherlands (Ports Europe) May 25, 2024 – Customs officials at the Netherlands’ port of Vlissingen seized almost 500 kg of cocaine on...

7.3 kg of cocaine seized in Albania’s port of Durres

Durres, Albania (Ports Europe) May 25, 2024 – 7.3 kg of cocaine was seized in Albania’s Adriatic Sea port of Durres on the evening of May 24. The drug...

52 kg of cocaine seized in a port in Georgia

Poti, Georgia (Ports Europe) May 24, 2024 – About 52 kg of cocaine were seized in a Georgian Black Sea port in a container with bananas from Ecuador on...

Police seize 210 kilos of cocaine in Piraeus port

Piraeus, Greece (Ports Europe) May 24, 2024 – The police have seized over 210 kilos of cocaine in the port of Piraeus. The illegal drugs were discovered...

Links with South America expose ports to criminal gangs

Vigo, Spain (Ports Europe) May 21, 2024 – Whilst Galicia in Northern Spain is not considered a main gateway for cocaine smuggling into Europe, there are...

Over 1,000 kg of cocaine seized in Spanish & Portuguese ports

Madrid, Spain (Ports Europe) May 21, 2024 – The Portuguese Tax Agency, National Police and Judicial Police have seized more than 1,000 kilos of cocaine...

116 kg of cocaine seized in Vado port, Genoa

Genoa, Italy (Ports Europe) May 15, 2024 – A total of 102 blocks of cocaine have been seized inside a container in Vado port. The drugs initially...

Bloomberg: Cocaine superhighway to Europe

Antwerp, Belgium (Ports Europe) May 14, 2024 – Cocaine seizures through Antwerp port have grown more than 20-fold over the last decade,...

Yachting cocaine route Bulgaria-Greece busted

Sofia, Bulgaria (Ports Europe) May 14, 2024 – Over 10 tonnes of cocaine were transported per year by yachts between Bulgaria’s Black Sea marinas in...

German investigators find 190 kilos of cocaine in banana crates

Hamburg, Germany (Ports Europe) May 12, 2024 – The state criminal police office in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, has seized around 190 kilograms of cocaine...

60 kg of cocaine seized in Russian port of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia (Ports Europe) May 10, 2024 – Some 60 kg of cocaine were seized in Russia’s Big Port of St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea on April...

Fake bananas with 250 kg of cocaine seized in Gioia Tauro port

Gioia Tauro, Italy (Ports Europe) May 10, 2024 – More than 250 kg of cocaine was seized in Italy’s Mediterranean port of Gioia Tauro on May 8 in a load of...

340 kilos of hashish and marijuana found in Civitavecchia port

Civitavecchia, Italy (Ports Europe) May 10, 2024 – Two consignments of over 340 kilos of hashish and marijuana, hidden among pallets of fruit and...

Ecuador confiscates drugs destined for Bulgaria

Quito, Ecuador (Ports Europe) May 8, 2024 – Ecuadorian police have seizure of a tonne of cocaine hydrochloride at a port in the coastal province of...

Port Security Corps in the port of Antwerp sees success

Antwerp, Belgium (Ports Europe) May 8, 2024 – The creation of the Port Security Corps in the port of Antwerp a year ago has increased security checks and...

Coalition publishes the Hamburg Declaration to fight illegal drugs

Hamburg, Germany (Ports Europe) May 8, 2024 – Yesterday, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser hosted a ministerial conference of the coalition...

Attempted smuggling of 209 kg of cannabis via Igoumenitsa port

Igoumenitsa, Greece (Ports Europe) May 7, 2024 – An unidentified truck driver, who tried to smuggle 209 kg of cannabis via the northwestern Greek port of...

Cocaine seized in Hamburg port has tripled in the last five years

Hamburg, Germany (Ports Europe) May 7, 2024 – It has been reported that the amount of cocaine seized in the port of Hamburg has tripled in the last five...

Guardia Civil seizes 2,345 kilos of hashish off Las Palmas

Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain (Ports Europe) April 29, 2024 – Spain’s Guardia Civil has seized 2,345 kilos of hashish after intercepting an...

Berlin hosts anti-drugs event with Hamburg, Antwerp, Rotterdam

Berin, (Ports Europe) April 29, 2024 – Last week, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser hosted a meeting in Berlin with Dr Peter Tschentscher,...

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