Spain, Portugal seize cocaine smuggled inside pineapples

Spain, Portugal seize cocaine smuggled inside pineapples
Cocaine pineapple ring caught smuggling 745kg of drugs disguised as tropical fruit into Europe
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20 January, 2018

Well, at least that's what these smugglers tried to do.

Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745 kilograms of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America.

Along with the drugs, nine members of a South American gang who were transporting the drugs were also arrested.

The bust was part of an ongoing investigation across Spain and Portugal that started last April, ABC News reports.

Aside from the cocaine, police also dismantled a laboratory where the drug was cut with additives.

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Police seized 745kg of the drug hidden in the fruit along with €400 000 (£352,000) in cash, according to Reuters.

Don't think these smugglers just tossed some baggies into some hollowed out pineapples either.

The global operation was reportedly run by two Colombian brothers who had laboratories in the municipalities of Pinto and Nuevo Baztan near the Spanish capital. The cocaine was being transported from storage facilities in Barcelona to these labs every 15-20 days.

This weird shipping method has been used before by drug smugglers.

On that occasion, about 1,770 kg of cocaine, with a value of $140 million, was seized, of which 840 kg was found in sugar shipments from Brazil. Then again, in 2015, they seized another 4,440 pounds of the white stuff.


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