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Putting the crime in the coconut: 7 tons of marijuana seized Belgium

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Drug smugglers are constantly seeking new ways to smuggle their contraband across borders, utilizing everything from corpses to cars; babies to baggage. Now Belgium authorities have reported that they have seized more than 7 tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of African coconuts in the town of Ypres, near the French border. A second load was found stuffed in a cargo container in Antwerp.

Shortly afterwards, another similar container was found with another large amount of the drug in Antwerp, Belgium's commercial heart and the second biggest port in Europe (after Rotterdam), and 17th largest in he world. Located on the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary, the port contains 5 oil refineries, and is world famous for its diamond center.

"This is a record seizure by customs working with the police," the government reportedly said in a statement concerning the two hauls said to be worth more than $19 million on the street.

However, according to a report by Agence France-Presse, origins of the shipments are still unknown.



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