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More Than 1600 Pounds of Cocaine Found Stuffed Inside Pineapples

More Than 1600 Pounds of Cocaine Found Stuffed Inside Pineapples

The haul was part of an ongoing investigation by Spanish and Portuguese police forces.

On Wednesday, police in Portugal and Spain announced that they seized 745 kilograms of cocaine that were disguised as fresh pineapples.

According to Business Insider, nine gang members were arrested for transporting the substance from South America in the innocent looking fruits.

It said that the investigation into the group began in Spain in April previous year.

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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. Apparently, the gang had the cocaine stored in Terrassa, Barcelona and transported it to Madrid laboratories every 15-20 days. Along with the pineapple discovery, authorities also dismantled a lab where the cocaine was being cut with additives. The cocaine would then be shipped from Panama to Lisbon before ending up in laboratories near Madrid.

The Iberian peninsula is a major entry point to Europe for cocaine and other drugs. The Portuguese authorities believe that "this organized global group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent".

Authorities reportedly also seized 400,000 Euros, or about $500,000.

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


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