Italian police recover cocaine packages worth over €400m floating off the coast of Sicily

“Probably one of the largest” drug hauls in Italy, says police

The Italian police have made one of the largest drug busts in the country’s history after they recovered packages of cocaine that were found floating in the sea off the coast of Sicily. The haul was worth over €400m (£353m) and consisted of 70 packages of the drug.

The packages were fitted with tracking devices, which the police have traced to the Calabrian Mafia, an Italian organized crime group. They are believed to have been thrown off ships in an attempt to avoid detection by authorities.

The incident highlights the ongoing struggle against drug trafficking and organized crime in the country. The Italian police have been making significant progress in their efforts to stop the flow of drugs into the country in recent years, but incidents like this show that they still have a long way to go to completely eradicate this problem.

The success of this operation has been met with praise from government officials, who have commended the hard work of the Italian police force. Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has vowed to continue supporting law enforcement in their efforts to tackle organized crime and drug trafficking.

Despite the large quantity of drugs that were seized, the recovery of the packages is a significant step forward in the battle against drug trafficking. It sends a strong message to those who are involved in this criminal activity that they will be caught and punished. Italy remains committed to stopping the flow of illegal drugs into the country and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve this goal.

By Evey Lovelace

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