Drug Taxis and Impotent Police The Avalanche of Cocaine Hitting Europe

Drug syndicates are flooding Europe with very pure cocaine. Consumers need only send an encrypted text and a dealer will show up at their doorstep. And the authorities are all but powerless to stop them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Armed police officers stand guard next to cocaine seized at the Port of Hamburg.

Armed police officers stand guard next to cocaine seized at the Port of Hamburg.

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In party cities like Berlin, less than a gram of cocaine goes for 50 euros.

In party cities like Berlin, less than a gram of cocaine goes for 50 euros.

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FARC rebels purchase coca leaves from Colombian farmers.

FARC rebels purchase coca leaves from Colombian farmers.

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The Port of Antwerp, where an estimated 95 percent of cocaine shipments make it through.

The Port of Antwerp, where an estimated 95 percent of cocaine shipments make it through.

Foto: Oliver Tjaden/ Laif
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An X-ray of a container passing through the Port of Hamburg

An X-ray of a container passing through the Port of Hamburg

Foto: Zollfahndung Hamburg
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Jürgen Dahlkamp, Jörg Diehl, Gunther Latsch, Claas Meyer-Heuer, Juan Moreno, Jörg Schmitt, Katja Thimm, Andreas Ulrich
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