Record haul of cocaine in Algeciras

Record haul of cocaine in Algeciras

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Spanish law enforcement officers have seized nine tonnes of cocaine hidden inside a container of bananas in Algeciras port, the largest haul of the drug ever seized in a European port.

The drugs were hidden among over a thousand boxes of bananas being shipped from Colombia.In a joint operation between Spanish police and customs six people were arrested, including two in the French city of Lyon, three in Malaga and one in Algeciras.

Details of the operation were revealed by Spain’s Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido during a press conference in Algeciras.This is the largest haul of cocaine in Spain’s history and comes just four months after officers in Algeciras seized six tonnes of the drug.

He said Spanish authorities had been monitoring the activities of an exporter in Colombia and an importer in Spain for some time, after international investigations raised suspicions that the companies were involved in drug trafficking.

The container was allowed to pass through the port under close police surveillance and was tracked to a warehouse in Malaga, where three arrests were made.

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