AKIPRESS.COM - German authorities confiscated 670 kilograms of heroin in a truck coming from Poland into Germany, DW reports citing customs investigation officer.
The drugs were discovered on the night of May 31 to June 1 in Frankfurt (Oder), a city directly on the German-Polish border, in a truck originating from Kyrgyzstan, the city's public prosecutors office said.
The heroin was disguised as Turkish sweets, with 532 packages containing 1.3 kilograms each.
Authorities said the drugs probably came from the Afghanistan region and were destined for Belgium. It is the largest amount of heroin ever discovered in Germany, with an estimated street value of €40-50 million ($45-56 million).
The 63-year-old Turkish driver of the vehicle, which had a Georgian license plate, has been taken into custody on suspicion of importing large quantities of drugs, authorities said. According to investigators, the driver said he had no knowledge of the drugs.
German authorities received a tip from Dutch investigators about a Dutch-Turkish gang, after which the truck was specifically searched.