Drug busts are sometimes not the apparently random events that they appear to be. large, i.e/ multi-tonne busts are often mid level deep events.
Saudi Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was held in Syria with four other men and around 2 tons of amphetamines in the Prince's private jet, The Telegraph reported in 2015 that the country has a growing role as an exporter of illegal drugs.
For large (multi-tonne) drug busts, different reports of drug sizes is standard. A fairly common pattern is for earlier reports to be larger.
|2006 Mexico DC-9 drug bust||A DC-9 made an emergency landing and was found to be containing over 5 tonnes of cocaine. The pilot "disappeared", unnamed, and the plane was deregistered and sold within days to an unknown customer in Venezuela.|
|2007 Yucatan Gulfstream drug crash||A plane used by the CIA for rendition, which later crashed in Mexico, with tons of cocaine aboard.|
|2014 Australia turboprop drug bust||35 kg of heroin were accidentally found by local police aboard a CIA plane|