Heroin worth €21.5m found in tomato cans

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Heroin worth €21.5m found in tomato cans
The trucks were carrying tins of tomato purée, but some had heroin inside. Photo: Dutch Customs

Customs officials have found 1.2 tonnes of heroin worth €21.5 million hidden in tins of tomato purée at the German-Dutch border.


Officials stopped two trucks crossing from Germany into the Dutch town of Venlo on Thursday and used a bloodhound to check for drugs.

The dog was drawn to the cargo – 1,720 tins of tomato purée - some of which contained the heroin.

The two drivers, aged 25 and 26 from Turkey, were arrested and will appear before a Dutch court this week.

A spokesman for Dutch Customs told The Local: “I’m not sure if this was our record find but it is certainly a very big one.”

The trucks had travelled through Germany but customs declined to reveal their country of origin or the destination of the drugs.

The drugs were taken to a “safe location," officials added. 

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