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Cocaine-filled pineapples seized by Spain

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Cocaine-filled pineapples seized by Spain
According to Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial, the seized cocaine would have had a street value of €150 million. Photo: Trey Ratcliff
10:35 CEST+02:00
Police at the southern Spanish port city of Algeciras have discovered a ship container with pineapples stuffed full of 2,500 kilos of cocaine.

Drug traffickers from the world’s biggest pineapple producer, Costa Rica, sent a ‘special’ batch of their prized fruit to Spain last Wednesday.

The pineapples, as Spanish border police at Algeciras port would soon find out, were packed full of vitamins and a not-so-healthy 2.515 kilos of cocaine.

Spain’s Civil Guard had been previously tipped off by international security agencies about the imminent arrival of copious amounts of the illicit substance from South America.

They located the suspicious container upon arrival in southern Spain last week but allowed the traffickers to transport its contents to Madrid while they tailed them.

Four people have so far been arrested in Operation Moín, as the drug bust was codenamed.

According to Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial, the seized cocaine would have had a street value of €150 million ($210m). 

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