hamburg/wiesbaden - In Germany, 2017 was the year of cocaine. Never before did the police and customs take so much. In total, almost 7000 kilos were found, hidden in sports bags and furniture or between bananas and- blackened- in a load of charcoal. The Federal Investigation Department (BKA) confirmed Wednesday on the Norddeutschen Rundfunk (NDR) that compared to 2016 three times as many have not reached the market.
The South American cocaine producers and international smuggling gangs flooded Europe with drugs this year, often of high quality. 'It seems that the perpetrators had the motto: supply creates demand,' said Christian Hoppe of the BKA drug control service. He expects consumption in Germany to rise.
The customs officer Hamburg, René Matschke, agrees with him. Due to the enormous influx of coke, the price has dropped to around 50 euros per gram. It is therefore no longer something for 'jet-set noses. 'Matschke's service achieved the largest catches in Hamburg and Bremerhaven. 'Large quantities come once per container. '