German police seize over a ton of cocaine, arrest 8 people


BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Hamburg say they have seized over a ton of cocaine and arrested eight suspects following an investigation that lasted several months.

On Thursday, officers followed a truck they suspected was being used to transport drugs to a Hamburg haulage company. By the time special forces arrived, five men had unloaded over a ton of cocaine in 1-kilo (2.2-pound) packets. Authorities suspect there were more drugs in the container, which they were still unloading Friday.

Police said the five — three Germans, an Italian and a Pole — were arrested. So were another three, including an alleged senior member of the Hell's Angels whom officials suspect was in contact with drug smugglers.

Police also conducted raids in which 170,000 euros ($194,000) in cash was seized.