Portugal seizes tonnes of cocaine hidden in banana shipments
Spain banned the boats four years ago in an effort to crack down on the smuggling.Portuguese police seized 21 speedboats in different stages of construction, while Spanish police made 72 arrests in Spain, a statement said.Also Thursday, police in southern Spain said they broke up a drug-smuggling ring and seized 1.2 metric tonnes of hashish hidden in a factory warehouse.
Police in Portugal said Thursday they found just over 8 metric tonnes of cocaine concealed inside banana shipments from Colombia.
The seizure happened in recent weeks, police said, but a statement gave no specific date.
Though large cocaine seizures aren't uncommon in Portugal, or the rest of Europe, police said it was one of the largest ever in the country. The drugs have an estimated local street value of more than 300 million euros ($315 million).
Europe is currently the biggest world market for cocaine, the statement said.
So far this year, police in Portugal have captured just over 12 metric tons of cocaine — an increase of almost 23% on the total for the whole of last year.
Also Thursday, police in southern Spain said they broke up a drug-smuggling ring and seized 1.2 metric tonnes of hashish hidden in a factory warehouse.
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