Some workers at a Nespresso warehouse in western Switzerland found 500 kilograms of cocaine worth USD 50 million in a bag of coffee beans that arrived by train, police say that investigation is underway.
FREMONT, CA: Police in Fribourg was informed by Nespresso about the discovery a Romont facility and immediately established a "Broad security perimeter" around it, along with customs and border control agents. According to the authorities, there were early signs when the shipment turned up in five containers that had arrived by sea from Brazil before being transferred onto a train.
The police further added that the cocaine which was seized has an 80 percent degree of purity and its market value is estimated at more than 50 million francs. The European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug addiction reported on Friday that cocaine availability in Europe is probably at an all-time high.
Switzerland falls under the Schengen zone that allows visa-free travel among many European countries, though not EU members. The monitoring center mentioned that it estimates the EU cocaine retail market and it was worth at least 10.5 billion euros (USD 11.1 billion in 2020 while warning that the figure was likely to miscalculate the actual figures of the market. Belgian, Dutch, and Spanish ports are the areas in which the largest quantities of cocaine are said to be seized but increasing amounts are rising at ports elsewhere. This suggests that trafficking groups are expanding their activities to ports where cocaine interdiction measures may be looked upon as less rigorous.
Nestle, is a Swiss food and drinks giant, which also owns Nespresso had to reassure customers that all their products are safe to consume. The Vevey, a Switzerland-based company, emailed The Associated Press that the substance in question did not come into contact with any of their products or production equipment used to make their products. The company further added that they have strict quality controls in place for green coffee arriving at their warehouses right up to the finished product.