Authorities seized this week more than 1,000 pounds of 80% pure cocaine , valued at over $50 million, sent from Brazil in shipments of coffee bean bags delivered to a Nespresso factory in Romont in western Switzerland. “The search of the five sea containers delivered on the day in question by train led to the discovery and seizure of more than 500 kg of this drug,” police said. Officials found that the drug was likely intended for the European market. “The substance in question did not come into contact with any of our products or production equipment used to make our products,” Nespresso declared. Not more details were provided because the police investigation.
“It’s definitely a big seizure for the canton of Fribourg, one can say an extraordinary catch,” said Marc Andrey, head of security in the region said. It represents the second biggest cocaine haul in Swiss history. The biggest seizure was recorded in 2019 when the police at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg seized 603 kg of cocaine hidden in suitcases in a private jet that had arrived from Uruguay. On Friday, the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction reported that cocaine availability in Europe “is probably at an all-time high.” The EU cocaine retail market was worth at least 10.5 billion euros ($11.1 billion) in 2020. The largest quantities of cocaine are seized in Belgian, Dutch and Spanish ports.