As the Corona-virus is blocking trade between countries and between continents, this also creates problems for drug traffickers who need to get their product to the consumer markets. The police force knows this and is directing their efforts in this direction.
In Livorno, to say, in a joint operation of the Guardia di Finanza and the Customs Agency, they discovered a refrigerated container loaded with bananas with 36 sticks of pure cocaine added. The market value was over 60 million euros.
A series of refrigerated containers from Latin America, especially fruit transports from Colombia, were therefore selected for inspection. The containers were stowed on a cargo ship flying the Liberian flag, coming from the Colombian port of Cartagena. Before arriving in Livorno, the freighter had stopped in Spain, at the port of Algeciras and in Malta. It will therefore be very difficult to understand where exactly the container has been tampered with.
The cargo was destined for an Italian company, which was not involved in the trafficking. The plan was this: to recover the load between the phase of unloading the container in port and delivery to the final recipient. "Officials of the Anti-Fraud Department of Customs and the Yellow Flames of Livorno - reads a statement - have noticed an anomaly of the seals placed on the hatches at the refrigeration engine of one of these containers. The inspection of the compartments behind then brought to light the 36 cocaine sticks, for a total of 40 kilograms." The public prosecutor's office in Livorno validated the kidnapping.
The port of Livorno is a key point of international merchant traffic. Annually, about 900 container ships make a stop there, with an average of 1,000 refrigerated containers per month from South America. It is clear that only with adequate risk analysis can investigators hope to intercept illegal cargoes.