Italian police found 270 kg (600 lb.) of heroin hidden in a container that arrived aboard a ship from Iran, the most important such haul for no less than 20 years in Italy, police mentioned on Thursday.

The freighter had set sail from the Iranian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas and stopped off in Hamburg, Germany and Valencia, Spain earlier than reaching the Italian port of Genoa on Oct. 17, the place police found the heroin stashed away in a consignment of Bentonite clay.

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A police spokesman mentioned investigators weren’t positive when or the place the medication had been introduced onto the ship.

Police allowed a small portion of the illicit cargo to proceed its deliberate journey by truck to the Netherlands.

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They tracked the automobile because it crossed Switzerland, France and Belgium earlier than reaching the Dutch city of Roosendal.

When the automobile pulled right into a warehouse on Nov. 2, Italian and Dutch police raided the premises and arrested two males of Turkish origin. The truck driver apparently didn’t know heroin was in his rig, police mentioned.

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“The investigation continues to be able to hint the complete community that manages the drug commerce, which exhibits, as soon as once more, that the port of Genoa is a vital crossroads for drug shipments destined for the remainder of Europe,” a press release mentioned.

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