Polish authorities have seized two tons of cocaine from Colombia worth around 2 billion zlotys, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.
“This was the largest amount of drugs seized in the last 30 years,” Morawiecki told a news conference, adding that the security forces have detained several suspects, including four Colombians, two Poles and one Iranian.
The drugs were discovered in an illegal factory and warehouse in the province of Wielkopolskie, in western Poland. The cargo arrived through the port of Gdynia on the Baltic coast in a container of chalk.
“In the outdoor laboratory, we also secured several hundred litres of liquid substances that was initially identified as cocaine, so the final amount of drugs will definitely be higher,” said police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk.
An Iranian citizen living in Germany was among the detainees. A search of his apartment discovered 19.5 kilograms of opium (heroin), cocaine, fake French documents, scales, mobile phones, and 4,000 euro in cash.
The operation in Poland was carried out by the National Revenue Administration (KAS) and the Central Investigation Office of the National Police (CBŚP).
The CBŚP investigators estimated that the drugs seized would be enough for 7.5 million portions of cocaine and was destined for the drug markets of several EU countries.
“We can say that our officers saved Europe from the flood of huge amounts of cocaine,” said interior minister Mariusz Kamiński.