Cops seize two tonnes of cocaine disguised as chalk and worth over 2 billion PLN in largest drugs bust in 30 years
Police have seized over 2 billion PLN worth of cocaine following a months-long investigation into a Colombian cartel trafficking ring.
The raid at the port of Gdynia which saw officers from three agencies seize the two tonnes of cocaine disguised as chalk is the largest drugs bust in three decades.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was quick to praise the police and tax authorities who used the ‘latest technology’ to track down and pre-empt the traffickers.
He said: “On a European scale, it was a very fruitful operation, as it thwarted the spreading of drugs throughout the whole continent.”
Police say the seven traffickers which included four Colombians, one Iranian and two Poles had been under surveillance for months.
Officially marked as chalk, sniffer dogs uncovered the 1,850kg of cocaine hidden inside 74 bags.
The four Colombians and the Iranian arrived in Poland on 30th November from Germany.
They rented a property in Wielkopolska and quickly organized a large-scale laboratory in which cocaine was processed and produced along with the two Polish suspects.
During their raid of the factory, investigators secured 10 kg of 'street ready' cocaine, which was destined for Germany.
Around 600 litres of cocaine in the production phase, several hundred litres of various types of chemicals, laboratory equipment and even a specialized hydraulic press with a mould containing the Colombian cartel logo were also discovered.
A search of the Iranian national’s apartment in Germany uncovered 19.5 kilograms of opium, also known as heroin, a set of fake French documents with photos of the detainee, scales, cocaine, a variety of telephones and 4,000 Euro in cash.
Mariusz Kamiński, Minister of Interior Affairs and Administration, said: “We may say that our officers saved Europe from being flooded with huge amounts of cocaine.
“It was 100 percent a result of professionalism and dedication of our services.
“It proved just how important the cooperation between the services is.”
The seven suspects now face three years in jail and charges including participation in an organized crime group, drug trafficking and the production of significant quantities of drugs.