VALLETTA, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Malta's customs seized 24 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container, with a street value of 2.7 million euros (3 million U.S. dollars), the Customs Department said on Tuesday in a statement.
A total of 20 packets of cocaine were found in a reefer container at the Malta Freeport after several were scanned by the Customs Container Monitoring Unit.
The container was transshipping in Malta from South America, en-route to Tirana, Albania.
Investigations are being carried out by the Police Anti Drug Squad, while a magisterial inquiry has been launched.
Last year was a record-breaker year for Malta's customs in terms of cocaine hauls, which saw the Customs Department seizing a total of 284.7 kg of cocaine.
This year, in just 14 weeks, the Customs Department has seized 515.2 kg of cocaine.