Cocaine found in coffee delivery at Nespresso factory in Switzerland | World News

More than 500kg of cocaine has been discovered in a shipment of coffee beans sent to a Nespresso factory, according to Swiss police.

Authorities were alerted after Romont plant personnel found a white powder while unloading the bags, which had just arrived from Brazil.

Analysis confirmed the powder was cocaine, with an estimated street value of 50 million Swiss francs (£41 million).

The region’s security chief, Marc Andrey, said: “For Freiburg, it’s definitely a big seizure, it’s really quite exceptional.”

“I think it’s also one of the biggest seizures in Switzerland.”

Nespresso, which makes the individual coffee pods, said in a statement: “The substance in question did not come into contact with any of our products or production equipment used to make our products.

“As a police investigation is ongoing, we cannot share any further details.

“We want to assure consumers that all of our products are safe to consume.”

The seizure comes as a new report says Europe is increasingly becoming a hub for cocaine production and trafficking to other parts of the world, as well as being a major market.

After cannabis, cocaine is the most widely used drug in Europe, with millions of users and sales of around €10.5bn (£9bn) in 2020, according to Europol and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The European market is growing, fueled by increased production in South America and increased capacity to process the raw drug in Europe itself, the agencies said.

Cocaine imported into Europe from South America is increasingly being re-exported to other parts of the world, particularly the Middle East and Asia, making Europe “a key transshipment point for drugs originating elsewhere.” , add the report.

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