4.4 tonnes of cocaine worth US$1 billion dollars were found in containers with soybeans in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital. Later, another ton was confiscated in a joint operation of security forces in the region of Soriano.

The 4,417.7 kilograms of cocaine was destined for Lome in Togo, West Africa, Uruguay’s authorities said adding it is “the biggest drug confiscation in the history of the country”.

This is not the first big cocaine haul seized in Uruguay. Late November more than three tonnes of the drug were confiscated in the country’s capital.

Earlier in August, about 4.5 tonnes of cocaine destined for Belgium were sized in the port of Hamburg, Germany.

In May, Uruguay’s authorities detained a private jet that flew from Carrasco with 603 kilograms of cocaine.