On Wednesday, after half a year in Landshut, the trial that dealt with a spectacular case of cocaine smuggling ended. At least two tons of narcotics are said to have brought in by a gang of the so-called "Western Balkan mafia" via Ecuador and Hamburg to Germany, in banana boxes. The still green tropical fruits are stored in several ripening halls scattered all over the Federal Republic of Germany, before they get their appetizing yellow color and go on sale. The almost exclusively Albanian culprits broke into the rickety halls and took out the drugs, that the accomplices then transported to the Netherlands.
The plan went wrong when helpers of the gang broke into the wrong hall in the Upper Bavarian Eitting. On Google Maps, two neighboring buildings had been swapped and mislabeled. The cocaine remained in the fruit crates, which went to retail, where it was unpacked by surprised Rewe employees in September 2017. People then remembered more about some mysterious burglaries of ripening halls and went in search of the perpetrators. Telephone monitoring, seemingly random roadside controls and observations: In the end, the search for the Albanians took place under the eyes and ears of recently around 500 investigators. In March last year, things came to a head.
Rotterdam was one of the destinations for the cocaine. It was probably there that the contractors and their middlemen were also situated; the "middle hierarchy level". In its latest status report,the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) sees the Netherlands as an important base for international drug trafficking groups.
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung