Russia: Cocaine shipment worth over $140 million seized at St. Petersburg port in second bust this month

Russian Federal Customs Service employees and Federal Security Service (FSB) officers found over 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds) of cocaine at St. Petersburg’s Great Port, reports the Federal Customs Service’s press office.

The estimated black-market value of the seized shipment exceeds 13 billion rubles ($146.9 million). The cocaine was reportedly found among bags of coffee in a shipping container which arrived from Antwerp, Belgium.

Authorities have opened a criminal case into the incident.

This is the second large cocaine shipment seized at St. Petersburg’s Great Port this month. On January 10, authorities found 1,000 bricks of cocaine, weighing over a ton, in a container that arrived from Nicaragua.

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