Police have seized 745kg of Cocaine hidden in Pineapples!

Frederick Owens
January 20, 2018

Not really, but authorities in Portugal and Spain have just reportedly seized over 1,600 pounds (745 kg) of cocaine hidden within the fruits on its way throughout the continent.

Nine members of the drug ring were arrested in the bust while authorities also dismantled a lab and seized €400,000. The cylinders were placed inside fresh pineapple skins and transported across South American borders. Police tell the publication that the findings are the result of an investigation that began in April of previous year.

The arrest came after an operation between the two countries. A press release from the Spanish Interior Ministry stated that the cocaine was covered in a yellow wax to resemble the inside of the fruit even when it was cut open.

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The gang members, led by two Colombian brothers, had laboratories in the municipalities of Pinto and Nuevo Baztan near the Spanish capital Madrid.

According to a statement from Portugal's Polícia Judiciária (PJ), the cocaine was seized as part of Operation Japy, which led to the dismantling of an worldwide ring that "was dedicated to repeatedly bringing in to the European continent large quantities of cocaine produced in South America". Organizations in both Central/South America and North Africa transport their products by sea to the Iberian peninsula before taking them on land the rest of the way.

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