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Pina coca-da Cocaine worth €60 million found hidden in frozen pineapple shipped from Brazil to Spain

The cocaine, seized by Spanish police, had been treated with a chemical process which made it almost undetectable to sniffer dogs

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Cocaine shipment hidden in frozen pineapple seized by Spanish police

Cocaine shipment hidden in frozen pineapple seized by Spanish police

Cocaine shipment hidden in frozen pineapple seized by Spanish police

Spanish police have seized €60 million worth of cocaine hidden in a consignment of frozen pineapple shipped from Brazil.

The 800-kilo seizure came after a three-year operation by the Spanish National Police and Tax Agency and also saw two men arrested.

The investigation was sparked by an operation between the Colombian National Police and the United States Customs Service, which uncovered 216kg of cocaine hidden in coffee en-route to Spain in 2018.

In that case, a company had built a business network importing juices, beverages, coffee and fruits, to hide drug shipments from different South American countries.

When a maritime container with 14 tons of frozen pineapple pulp linked to the same companies arrived in Valencia recently, the drugs were found mixed into one of the pallets.

The cocaine had been treated with a complex chemical process which made it almost undetectable for sniffer dogs.

The shipment had been bound for a secret laboratory located in a chalet in Robledo de Chavela, Madrid, according to a police statement.

As a result of the seizure, officers carried out three house searches and arrested two businessmen.

Two vehicles recently purchased vehicles and €10,000 in cash were also seized by authorities.

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