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article imageSpanish police find 441 pounds of cocaine in pineapples

By Brian Booker     Jun 1, 2015 in Crime
Algeciras - Looks like smugglers got a little fruity while trying to smuggle cocaine into Spain. Spanish police officers seized 441 pounds of cocaine, all of it concealed within pineapples found in 11 shipping containers coming through the port of Algeciras.
Algeciras is located in Southeastern Spain, near the Strait of Gibraltar and is one of Europe's busiest ports. Spain has emerged as a leading entryway for Europe's drug trade due to its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America.
Two of the three suspected smugglers arrested are Spaniards of Colombian descent. Each suspect owned and operated fruit shipping businesses.
The cocaine was coated with a yellow wax meant to disguise the cocaine as pineapple cores, and then inserted into hollowed-out pineapples.
Smugglers have previously used pineapples to attempt to smuggle cocaine into Europe. Last year, at the same port, Spanish police discovered 2.5 tonnes (about 5,500 pounds) worth of cocaine hidden inside of pineapples.
European customs and anti-drug officers have discovered cocaine molded into the shape of shoes, replica sculptures, and various other things. Cocaine has also been inserted into breast implants and casting for broken bones.
Latin America is one of the world's biggest producers of drugs. The region's key location near the massive North America drug market and close ties with former colonial powers, combined with the necessary climate to grow many types of drug plants, makes it ideal for drug production.
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