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article imageSpanish police seize 2.5 tons of cocaine in pineapple shipment

By Anne Sewell     May 7, 2014 in Crime
Algeciras - Drug smugglers are always looking for better ways to smuggle their wares. In this case, they tried sending 2,500 kilograms (around 5,500 pounds) of cocaine in a shipment container of pineapples, sent all the way from sunny Costa Rica to southern Spain.
Spanish border police (Spanish language) in the port of Algeciras made the discovery last Wednesday that there was more to the shipment than just plain old juicy pineapples. To be exact, along with the fruit was packed around 2,515 kilograms of cocaine, as can be seen from the video above.
Reportedly international security agencies had tipped off Spain's Guardia Civil (Spanish language) about the imminent arrival of the illegal shipment from Costa Rica.
Authorities located the suspicious container as it arrived in southern Spain last week, but rather than act then, they allowed the traffickers to transport the contents to Madrid, tailing them all the way.
They then successfully busted the traffickers, arresting four people so far in what has been dubbed Operation Moín.
El Confidencial (Spanish language) reports that another large shipment of cocaine was seized in the port of Algeciras in August 2013. That seizure netted 700 kilos (around 1,500 pounds) of the illicit drug.
The latest seizure stopped an amount almost four times higher from hitting the streets of Spain. The newspaper estimates a street value in excess of €150 million ($210m), which will at least make a dent in the traffickers' pockets.
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