Huge bust sees €6m worth of cocaine seized

Wednesday a huge drug shipment of some 60 kg of cocaine worth an estimated €6m on the black market was seized in the Jugla suburb in Rīga, reported Latvian Television Thursday. The story was updated on Thursday with more precise info revealed by Customs Police Chief Edijs Ceipe in a press conference.

The drugs were discovered in an abandoned hangar by the Jugla lake. The shipment was hidden in a shipment of charcoal from Paraguay. Three Latvian citizens have been arrested in the case but Customs Police Chief Edijs Ceipe said it's likely others are involved and investigation is ongoing.

"For Latvia it's a large, huge [shipment] for the illegal market," said Ceipe, saying that this is one of the largest drug busts in Latvia within the last few years.

The drugs are now being investigated and will be burned once investigators and the prosecution says it's okay to do so.

The shipment came from Paraguay via a company registered in Lithuania but which is owned by a Latvian.

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