20 January, 2018
Portuguese and Spanish authorities have seized 745 kilograms of cocaine that a Colombian drug ring was attempting to smuggle inside pineapples.
Along with the drugs, nine members of a South American gang who were transporting the drugs were also arrested.
These smugglers had cleverly disguised the cocaine in cylinders covered in hardened yellow wax made to look like the fruit, and used emptied out pineapple skins as covering sleeves. Apparently, the gang had the cocaine stored in Terrassa, Barcelona and transported it to Madrid laboratories every 15-20 days.
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"This organised global group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent", Portuguese investigators said.
A clandestine laboratory where cocaine was adulterated and "cut" was also dismantled, police said.
Police records showed that two hydraulic presses, three packaging machines, and over €400,000 cash were among the things found in the raids.
The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for drugs and unrefined drug material coming into Europe from South and Central America.