Spain, Portugal seize cocaine smuggled inside pineapples

Glen Mclaughlin
January 20, 2018

Nine gang members have been arrested after police seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine disguised in fresh pineapples, Business Insider reports.

According to News 24, The Iberian police forces arrested nine members of an worldwide smuggling ring that transported the drug from South America. Police tell the publication that the findings are the result of an investigation that began in April of a year ago.

A laboratory where the drug was cut with additives was also discovered and dismantled by the authorities.

Police say the gang stored their cocaine in Terrasa, Barcelona, before transporting it to their Madrid laboratories every 15-20 days.

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News reported that the raid came following a long standing investigation between Spain and Portugal. The cocaine would then be shipped from Panama to Lisbon before ending up in laboratories near Madrid. The Portuguese authorities believe that "this organized worldwide group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent".

Incredibly, this isn't the first time pineapples have been used to smuggle some blow across the Spanish border.

Portuguese investigators released a statement stating that the Iberian Peninsula is a major route for drug smugglers: "This organised worldwide group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent".

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