An astonishing 1,000,000,000 euros worth of cocaine has been found in a shipping container in Germany.
Thousands of packages of the compressed drug were found stashed in 221 sports bags, claiming to contain soybeans.
The cocaine weighed 4.5 tonnes and was seized from a ship that had docked in the northern port city of Hamburg.
It had started its journey in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was headed for the Belgian city of Antwerp.
The container’s description said it was carrying soybeans.
But suspicious officials broke it open and discovered over 4,200 packages made of compressed cocaine, hidden inside the black and blue sports bags.
Germany’s customs service said it was the nation’s biggest drugs confiscation to date however there is no record of a larger haul anywhere else in the world.
They said in a statement: ‘This enormous quantity represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany.
‘Assuming that this probably very pure cocaine can be diluted to triple the amount for street sale, the 4.5 tonnes have a street value of approximately one billion euros.’ (£915,000,000)
The service said that ‘the cocaine seized has already been destroyed in secret and under extensive security precautions’.