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Drugs find

Cocaine hidden among pineapples results in one of the EU's biggest seizures

The seizure is estimated to have a street value of €150 million.

COCAINE AMOUNTING TO €150 million has been discovered hidden among pineapples on a ship from Costa Rica by Spanish police.

This is one of the largest seizures of the drug, said the authorities today, who found the cocaine stuffed in 2,296 packages hidden among the fruit in a shipping container that arrived at the Mediterranean port of Algeciras.

The seizure of 2.5 tonnes was made after police tracked the shipment to a warehouse near Madrid, police said in a statement.

“This is one of the biggest seizures carried out in European Union ports,” the police statement said.

Police arrested six people in the Madrid suburb of Valdemoro, where the alleged drug traffickers are accused of storing the cocaine in a warehouse.

The authorities located the drug shipment in Algeciras thanks to a tip-off and tailed traffickers as they transported the cocaine to the warehouse.

Spain’s close ties to Latin America have made it the key entry point for cocaine from the continent bound for Europe.

© -AFP 2014

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