International investigation and six arrests follow huge Danish cocaine seizure – The Post

International investigation and six arrests follow huge Danish cocaine seizure

Arrests have been made in the Netherlands and Belgium

The cocaine seized was of exceptional purity (photo: iStock)
January 19th, 2016 11:58 am| by Philip Tees

Six international arrests have been made in the wake of one of Denmark’s biggest ever drug busts.

On July 14 last year 310 kilograms of cocaine was seized from a container in Esbjerg. It was found to be of extremely high purity and had a value of up to 900 million kroner.

Due to the huge quantity of the drug, an international investigation was launched that has so far led to the apprehension of six Dutch and Belgian suspects, one of whom has already been extradited to Denmark. The extradition of the other suspects is also being sought with a view to them appearing in court in Denmark.

Historical seizure
Brian Olsen, the head of Task Force Vest, the special police unit leading the investigation, told BT that more arrests may follow in what is a historically big case for Danish police.

“It’s a case of exceptional dimensions. It is one of the biggest seizures in Denmark’s history. We have had a large international investigation, which has required all of our expertise,” he said.

What’s more, Olsen told Ekstra Bladet that the seizure had international implications.

“It was simply such a big haul. There was far too much cocaine for the final destination to have been Denmark,” he said.

“We suspect that the plan was for the cocaine to have ended up somewhere in central Europe.”