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5 arrested over Caribbean-Germany cocaine ring

Monday, April 18, 2011 | 11:16 AM    

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BERLIN (AP) — German police say almost US$6 million worth of cocaine was seized and five people arrested in a crackdown on a group suspected of smuggling the drug from the Caribbean to Germany and Austria in private aircraft.

Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office said today that it worked with Croatia, Austria and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on the case.

It says authorities trailed five suspects after they flew into Stuttgart in a chartered jet last week and hired two cars.

Austrian police stopped one of the cars near the border with Slovenia, found 231 pounds (105 kilogrammes) of cocaine worth some €4 million (US$5.8 million) on board and arrested the driver and passenger, a Canadian man and woman.

Slovenian police later stopped the other car. They found no drugs but arrested the three Croatian men inside.

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