Austrian police find 400,000 ecstasy tablets worth millions

November 8, 2017

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian government officials say that police and customs officials have found 400,000 ecstasy tablets worth millions of euros in a truck headed to Istanbul from Amsterdam and the driver is in custody.

Andrea Doczy of the Finance Ministry says the street value of the haul is 4 million euros (about $4.64 million). She said Wednesday the drugs were found Oct. 31 during searches at a truck terminal near the city of Wels, in Upper Austria province.

She says the pills were hidden behind a load of kitchen appliances in five barrels, two boxes and a tote bag.

The Turkish driver says he was paid 10,000 euros ($11,590) to transport the drugs to Turkey. Doczy says an accomplice in Germany has also been arrested and the search continues for other suspects.


This story has been corrected to show that the day the official spoke was Wednesday, not Tuesday.

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