Cops find half-ton of cocaine in Nespresso plant's coffee bean shipment

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Cocaine seized astatine  Nespresso works  successful  Romont Cocaine and java bags seized astatine the Nespresso works successful Romont, Switzerland, are seen successful a handout representation taken astatine an chartless determination and released May 5, 2022 by the determination police. Police Cantonale Fribourg/Handout/REUTERS

Geneva — Swiss constabulary said Thursday they had seized much than 500 kilograms, oregon astir fractional a ton, of cocaine from a shipment of java beans delivered to a Nespresso plant. Workers astatine the works successful Romont, successful the occidental Swiss canton of Fribourg, alerted authorities connected Monday to a mysterious achromatic pulverization recovered successful sacks of java beans, constabulary said.

Staff astatine the java capsule maker, owned by Swiss nutrient elephantine Nestle, "found an undetermined achromatic substance erstwhile they unloaded the freshly delivered sacks of java beans," Fribourg constabulary said.

Police investigation determined the substance was cocaine. A hunt of 5 shipping containers "delivered the aforesaid time by bid allowed for the seizure of much than 500 kilos (1,103 pounds) of this drug," constabulary added.

Police said they acceptable up a ample information perimeter astir the mill during the operation, which besides progressive a ample contingent of customs officers.

nespresso-cocaine-switzerland.jpg A shipping instrumentality containing bags of java beans and cocaine, archetypal discovered by employees of a Nespresso works successful Romont, successful Switzerland's Fribourg state, is seen successful a handout photograph provided by the Fribourg State authorities connected May 5, 2022.  Handout/Fribourg State government

The units containing the drugs were isolated, and the substance did not contaminate accumulation astatine the plant, the connection said.

The archetypal probe indicated that the shipment originated successful Brazil, constabulary said, adding that the seized cocaine was determined to beryllium much than 80 percent pure, with an estimated thoroughfare worth of implicit 50 cardinal Swiss francs ($51 million, 48 cardinal euros).

"It appears that each of the drugs were destined for the European market," constabulary said.

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