The drugs were discovered during a routine check that took place about two weeks ago, according to local media.

More than 4,200 packages in 211 sports bags were discovered in a freight container that shippers claimed was full of soybeans.

The shipment came from Montevideo, in Uruguay, bound for Antwerp, Belgium, through Hamburg.

This amount represents "the largest individual seizure of cocaine in Germany", the Hamburg Customs agency said in an official statement.

Credit: Hauptzollamt Hamburg

Authorities have already destroyed the cocaine, under strict security measures.

Hamburg's port, Germany's largest and Europe's third busiest port, sees an increased drug traffic, the EU Drug Markets Report has showed.

In 2018, German authorities destroyed drugs with a combined street value of €520 million ($592 million), according to DW.

A recent report by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) in June highlighted that Europe’s cocaine market continues to grow, but the growth in large-volume trafficking, through major ports using containers, stands out.

 

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