16 large packages were found by a fishing vessel about 15 miles off the Belgian coast.
Police believe the cocaine was shipped from South America in container shipments, to later be doped dropped into the ocean. They assume that that drug traffickers on land would then sail out in small vesels to fish the drugs out of the ocean
This seems to be a new tactic by drug dealers to smuggle large quantities of drugs into the European market.
“As the chance of getting caught in the ports increases, criminals are trying out other, sometimes novel, methods in order to avoid the classic controls. More and more traffickers are trying it and this is a growing phenomenon with us,” Belgian magistrate Ken Witpas told the local daily Het Nieuwsblad.
Last December and January , 1,200 and 800 kilograms of cocaine were found off the same coastline.