Police Calabria finds more than quarter billion in cocaine

Police have found large quantities of very pure cocaine in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro in three operations. The street value would be at least 260 million euros, according to the police. The finds are done in less than a week in containers with coffee, frozen meat and exotic fruit. The cocaine was extremely refined hidden in cargo shipments from Brazil and Ecuador. Thanks to the purity of the stuff that weighed 1,300 kilos, the drug criminals could have quadrupled the marketable quantity.

The cocaine was tracked by state-of-the-art scanners from the special paramilitary police unit under the Ministry of Finance (Guardia di Finanza). Together with the local police and anti-Mafia unit, they examined the charges. The port of Gioia Tauro is located in the toe of Italy, not far from the northeast of Sicily. The drugs were most likely destined for the Calabrian mafia, the Ndrangheta.