Gang Members Tried Smuggling 1600 Lbs. of Cocaine Into Spain Using Pineapples

Cocaine in pineapples

A Colombian drug smuggling ring has been busted by Portugese and Spain police, who have seized 745 kilograms of the drug cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples.

Through August a year ago, Sri Lankan customs seized six shipments of high-quality South American cocaine in 14 months, including Asia's largest-ever haul of the drug in December 2016, at its main port.

The raid was the result of a joint investigation dating back to April 2017, police revealed.

Police say the gang stored their cocaine in Terrasa, Barcelona, before transporting it to their Madrid laboratories every 15-20 days.

The haul was part of an ongoing investigation by Spanish and Portuguese police forces.




According to a statement from Portugal's Polícia Judiciária (PJ), the cocaine was seized as part of Operation Japy, which led to the dismantling of an global ring that "was dedicated to repeatedly bringing in to the European continent large quantities of cocaine produced in South America". The cocaine would then be shipped from Panama to Lisbon before ending up in laboratories near Madrid.

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

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

Incredibly, this isn't the first time pineapples have been used to smuggle some blow across the Spanish border.

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