Feeling the heat Belgian drug suspects call cops

first_imgBrussels: It really wasn’t the day to get trapped in a shipping container full of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. Wednesday was the hottest ever recorded in Belgium, and somehow two suspects got stuck in the metal box. As the heat rose, they feared they would suffocate and made a desperate call to the police emergency line, Antwerp prosecutors said. It took officers two hours to find the container in the huge port, western Europe’s main gateway for smuggled drugs. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGuns drawn, police opened the door and the exhausted pair, stripped to the waist gratefully gave themselves up. A social media video of the arrests shows port employees pouring water on the suspects to cool them as afternoon temperatures skirted 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). According to a statement from Antwerp prosecutors they had entered the container “to remove drugs”. Much else about the incident remains unclear, but the suspects will appear in court Thursday, prosecution spokesman Kristof Aerts said. Officials have not confirmed the size of the cocaine haul found in the container, but local Antwerp newspaper the Gazet said it could have been hundreds of kilos.last_img

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