Despite record cocaine seizures, drug cartels roil Europe


              A police officer walks in front of forensic markers after a shooting in Merksem district of Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Antwerp itself has been hit by two dozen grenade attacks, fires and small bombs that have often been linked to gangs trying to carve up the thriving cocaine trade that uses the north Belgian harbor as a port of call. Compounding the increasing threat in a city better known for painter Peter-Paul Rubens and its famed fashion school was Monday evening's fatal shooting of an 11 year-old-girl, likely an unwitting victim of the drug war. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Trucks carrying containers queue at the Maasvlakte container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through Europe, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. And a Tuesday, Jan. 10. 2023, announcement of massive seizures may well hide a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              A customs officer, posing for the media, watches as a truck carrying a container enters an X-ray cargo scanning facility at the Maasvlakte container terminal location in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through Europe, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. And a Tuesday, Jan. 10. 2023, announcement of massive seizures may well hide a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              A truck carrying a shipping container enters an X-ray cargo scanning facility of the Dutch Customs at the Maasvlakte container terminal location in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through Europe, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. And a Tuesday, Jan. 10. 2023, announcement of massive seizures may well hide a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              A Dutch customs officer poses for the media as containers are being unloaded at the Maasvlakte container terminal location in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through Europe, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. And a Tuesday, Jan. 10. 2023, announcement of massive seizures may well hide a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Chief police inspector of the Brussels Morolles neighbourhood, Kris Verborgh shows a package of crack cocaine in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The white plastic-wrapped kernel found on a small-time dealer recently was barely the size of a fingernail and weighed all of 0.2 grams. The "flash" that crack provides though is increasingly felt through the Brussels Marolles neighborhood and any place in Europe where the surge in cocaine supply is hitting hard. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            FILE - A container is loaded onto a ship in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through the continent, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. And Tuesday's announcement of record seizures is also hiding a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File) A customs officer simulates for the media a drug search on the bottom of a ship as he dives in a tank at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through the continent, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. And Tuesday's announcement of record seizures is also hiding a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) A customs officer directs his dog as he performs a simulated drug search of cases of bananas for the media at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through the continent, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. And Tuesday's announcement of record seizures is also hiding a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) A forklift driver unloads cases of bananas during a demonstration for the media at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Cocaine is spreading at an alarming rate through the continent, much of it through the world ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. And Tuesday's announcement of record seizures is also hiding a bigger truth, that South American cartels are throwing ever more cocaine at the European market. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)