Israel Seizes Colombian Cocaine Shipment Worth Millions

Court lifts gag order on police raid that snagged 250 kg of cocaine hidden in a coffee container; shipment worth more than NIS 60 million.

Law enforcement services and customs officials in Ashdod recently seized a 250kg shipment of cocaine that reached Israel by boat from Colombia. The drugs were found a month ago, but the gag order on publication of the story was only lifted Sunday, when two suspects were arrested for their suspected involvement in the incident.

The two suspects will appear at a remand hearing at a Rishon Letzion court.


The operation was carried out by the drug unit at Ashdod port customs and the National Unit for the Investigation of Serious and International Crimes.

The drug shipment arrived in a coffee container on April 20. The coffee container was filled with hundreds of bags of coffee, and on top of which lay nine sacks, each found to hold a one-kilogram plastic bags of high-quality cocaine.

The value of the drugs that were found in the container was estimated at over NIS 60 million.

Seven people were arrested at the beginning of January on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 14.5 kilograms of the "rape drug," GBL. It is suspected that the arrestees tried to smuggle the drug from Europe in four separate attempts.

The group was arrested in a joint operation of customs officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport and Israel Police on the New Years Eve 2011.