'Snowy Winter' in Liège: 1.2 tonnes of cocaine seized

Around 1.2 tonnes of cocaine were discovered hidden in cement packs at the port autonome de Liège.

On Monday 14 December, workers on the Quai de Maestricht were puzzled by the weight of the cement bags they had to handle. Upon opening the questionable bags, they discovered several packages containing a substance that seemed awefully similar to cocaine.

Photo: Goods seized by la Police de Liège

Swiftly on the spot, la Police de Liège confirmed the dockers’ suspicion and counted 1.28 tonnes of cocaine, worth around 100 million euros on resale.

Premier substitut du procureur du Roi de Liège (first deputy to the King's prosecutor) Catherine Collignon declared:

"An investigation is currently being carried out by the federal judicial police of Liège and various duties are underway. The cargo came from the port of Antwerp. There may have been a mistake in the shunting of the container. Perhaps it was not supposed to finish its journey in Liege".

The cargo apparantly came from Brazil but the original destination of the load remains unknown.

Read the original version of this article in French at our media partner RTC Liège's website.

RTC Liège is one of the twelve public broadcasters catering to the French speaking community in Belgium. The channel's basic mission is to provide information, entertainment, cultural development and continuing education for the populations concerned by encouraging community participation across Province de Liège.

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