Cocaine seizures drop by 50% after night flight ban

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Cocaine seizures drop by 50% after night flight ban (oliver mallich on flickr)

Cocaine seizures at Frankfurt Airport have dropped by 50% in 2 years after the banning of night flights at Europe's third busiest aviation hub. 246 kilograms were recovered in 2012 as opposed to 524 kilograms in 2010 when overnight mail services from Latin America were ended.

Fraport AG were forced to input a curfew from 11pm to 5am after residents opposed to a fourth runway sued due to the level of noise incurred.

Despite the positive outcome when it comes to drugs imported, there has been an economic impact that has never really been properly investigated. The air-freight market in particular has been hit and was down 7% in 2012. More than 2 million tons of freight passed through the airport last year, including 80,000 tons of air mail, ranking it second in Europe.

Lufthansa Cargo felt the hit finding freight and mail volume dropping to 6.9 percent after 2 years of increases. Thomas Cook also had to reschedule flights.

The global cocaine trade is worth $88 billion a year and shipments to Europe surged in the last decade. Around two thirds of cocaine bound for Germany goes by air.

Despite Frankfurt seeing cocaine seized go down, Munich's recovery volume surged from 50 percent to 60.

Where do they hide the stuff? Airport customs officers in Germany recently found cocaine in wigs worn by passengers, inside handbag handles, pressed and colored to resemble coffee beans, inside laptops, dissolved into clothes and books and injected into used aircraft engines.

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