ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — A huge heroin haul seized by police in Rotterdam two months ago originated in Afghanistan and was brought to the Netherlands on board a Soviet ship, police said Monday.
The haul, 485 pounds of pure heroin with a street value of $20 million, arrived in Rotterdam from the Soviet Baltic port of Riga hidden in containers of Afghan raisins, a police spokesman said. The heroin was still on the dockside packed in the raisin containers when police and customs officers confiscated the haul.
Dutch police believe it was Europe's biggest-ever seizure of the drug, but they have yet to find those behind the consignment.
The police spokesman said the shipment was unloaded June 2 from the 4,600-ton Soviet freighter Kapitan Tomson, which left Rotterdam the following day.