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Cocaine Smugglers Are Using Pineapples to Hide Drugs Now

Cocaine Smugglers Are Using Pineapples to Hide Drugs Now

An operation conducted by Spanish and Portuguese police confiscated over 1,600 pounds of cocaine that Columbian drug smugglers were hiding inside pineapples.

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

News reported that the raid came following a long standing investigation between Spain and Portugal.

It said that the investigation into the group began in Spain in April previous year. Authorities say the smugglers would pack the cocaine into a cylinder shape, cover it in yellow wax and then place it inside of a hollowed out pineapple.

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

It is believed that the disguised cocaine shipment travelled from Panama to the port of Lisbon by sea, RTE reported. "This group had repeatedly brought large quantities..."

According to police officials, those arrested would acquire the drug in Barcelona and later store it inside secured housing in Terrassa.

This freakish shipping method has been used before by drug smugglers.

The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for drugs and unrefined drug material coming into Europe from South and Central America.


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