Tue. Jan 26th, 2021

Cocaine traffic booming amid COVID-19 – Europol

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) says cocaine trade boomed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Traffic from South America to Europe has reached “record amounts”, Sascha Strupp, a Strategic Analyst said.

Strupp called the narcotics trade a “growing market”, adding that “coronavirus did not have any influence on smuggling via sea routes.”

From January to June, more than 25,000 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the port of Rotterdam.

The amount is more than double what was found in the same period of 2019.

In August, Dutch Police found the largest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands.

The facility processed around 200 kilograms of cocaine per day in the town of Nijeveen near the German border.

Most cocaine gets Europe via the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, Europol said.

The agency revealed that gangs have switched to smuggling drugs via sea routes due to the shut of airspace.

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