Peruvian authorities have found a stash of cocaine hidden in coal sacks that could be as large as 10 tons, news reports said late Thursday.
A total of 6.5 tons of the narcotic had been recovered, packed among real coal, with many more sacks to be searched and several more tons expected to be found, El Comercio reported.
The raid in Huanchaco, launched early Tuesday in the northern province of Trujillo, was the country’s largest ever, according to new agency Andina.
The drugs were to be shipped as coal freight to Belgium and Portugal, police were quoted as saying by El Comercio.
“It is the biggest blow against the drugs trade in the history of Peru,” President Ollanta Humala said, according to the Andina report.
Two Mexicans and six Peruvians were arrested.