The driver of the refrigerated truck was stopped for a routine check. During a search of the vehicle's cargo area, officers found 41 bales of the drug hidden in boxes of chilled beef cuts. The driver was arrested. According to his own testimony, his destination was the state of São Paulo.

The South American countries of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are among the world's largest producers of cocaine, which is made from the coca plant. Brazilian criminal organizations control the drug market in Latin America's largest country and exports from Brazil to Europe.

A typical route for the drug is from Colombia to the United States via Central America or to Europe via Ecuador. However, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the route through Paraguay, Argentina or Brazil to West Africa and from there to Europe is becoming increasingly important. Last year, more than 300 tons of cocaine were seized in European ports, some of them also in German ports.