Swiss Police Seize Over 500kg of Cocaine in Coffee Shipment at Nespresso Plant

Swiss police seized over 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine from a shipment of coffee beans delivered to a Nespresso factory.

In a statement on May 5, workers at the coffee plant in Romont in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg alerted authorities to a white powder found in sacks of coffee beans on May 2 evening.

An analysis determined that the substance was cocaine, police said.

Police later found more of the drug in five shipping containers.

Police set up a “large-scale perimeter” around the plant owned by Swiss food giant Nestle.

According to an initial investigation, the shipment had come from Brazil.

The seized cocaine was over 80% pure and had an estimated market value of over US$50 million, according to the police.

“It’s definitely a big seizure for the canton of Fribourg, one can say an extraordinary catch,” Regional Head of Security Marc Andrey said, according to BBC News.

According to the police, the drug seemed to be destined for the European market.

Police also said that the drug “did not come into contact with any product” in the coffee plant.

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