Police seize 1600 pounds of coke disguised as pineapples

Police seize 1600 pounds of coke disguised as pineapples

Police seize 1600 pounds of coke disguised as pineapples

Nine people of various nationalities have been detained and 745 kilos of cocaine seized that was hidden inside pineapples, in a joint investigation by the authorities in Portugal and Spain, police announced on Wednesday.

According to News 24, The Iberian police forces arrested nine members of an global smuggling ring that transported the drug from South America.

The worldwide operation was reportedly run by two Colombian brothers who had laboratories in the municipalities of Pinto and Nuevo Baztan near the Spanish capital.

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

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In order to disguise the drugs as fruit, the smugglers packaged the cocaine in yellow wax that was then covered in hollowed out pineapple skins.

A clandestine laboratory where cocaine was adulterated and "cut" was also dismantled, police said.

The shipment was from South America, and police believe it travelled from Panama to the port of Lisbon by sea. Hydraulic presses, packaging machines and over 400,000 Euros in cash were also seized in the raid. The Iberian Peninsula is a common entry point for illegal drugs before they're distributed across the continent. "This group had repeatedly brought large quantities..."

Spain and Portugal are two major routes used by drug smugglers to get their products into Europe.

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