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Cocaine found amid Valentine's Day roses

Dutch police have smashed a drug smuggling operation in which cocaine from Colombia was shipped to the Netherlands inside cardboard boxes of flowers.

Last Sunday, at the height of the pre-Valentine's Day rush, nine kilograms of cocaine were intercepted at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in a shipment of 200 boxes of roses. Bags of cocaine were hidden inside - the cardboard of - each box.

Three people have been arrested, including the flower importer. Police raided three addresses where they seized computers, documents and papers, and more than 65,000 euros in cash.

An investigation into where the cocaine came from is being carried out in Colombia.


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