Just a week after a €32.4 million cocaine haul, Customs officers found 51.6kg of cocaine hidden in reefer containers at Malta Freeport on Tuesday.

During routine screening of containers transiting Malta, seven containers with a high-risk route were selected for scanning by the Container Monitoring Unit, the Customs Department said. 

Following preliminary scans, two reefer container had irregularities which pointed to possible narcotics hidden behind panelling. Physical searches revealed 20 packets of cocaine, weighing 24kgs and worth approximately €2.7 million in one of the containers.  The second contained 23 packets of cocaine, weighing 27.6kgs worth €3.1 million.

Both containers were loaded with fruit and had come from South America en-route to Albania.

The case was handed over to the Police Anti Drug Squad, who are conducting investigations.

The duty magistrate is leading an inquiry assisted by a team of experts from the Police Forensics Unit. 

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