Record heroin haul in Germany

2014-10-09 14:38

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Berlin - A consignment of 330kg of heroin hidden in a load of garlic and pickled gherkins may be the biggest haul of the drug ever seized in Germany, police said on Thursday.

With a street value estimated at €50m ($63m), the load was confiscated on 22 September after its discovery in a shipment arriving from Iran in the western German city of Essen.

It was not made public at the time because police were still rounding up suspects.

Heroin from Afghanistan, where opium poppies are grown as a cash crop, is commonly smuggled to Europe via Iran.

Federal police, who said it was the biggest find of heroin for several decades, did not specify the type of vehicle that transported the drug.

Two brothers who ran a firm that is suspected of importing the heroin were arrested, along with a Dutch national living in Belgium.

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