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cocaine-NUTS Colombian police seize 20,000 liquid cocaine-laced coconuts destined for Europe

Upon inspection, it was established that the water in the tropical fruit had been exchanged for liquid cocaine,” according to a police statement.

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Part of the massive haul of coconuts

Part of the massive haul of coconuts

Part of the massive haul of coconuts

Colombian authorities have seized over 20,000 coconuts laced with liquid cocaine that were on their way to Europe.

The drugs were found in a huge consignment in the port city of Cartagena, where the haul was being prepared for dispatch to the Italian city of Genoa.

Anti-drug police inspected the coconuts and discovered the natural milk had been removed and replaced with the liquid cocaine.

“Upon inspection, it was established that the water in the tropical fruit had been exchanged for liquid cocaine,” according to a police statement.

The fruit had been prepared for transit in over 500 canvas bags in a large container destined for the Italian port city.

Photographs released by the Office of the Attorney General in Colombia showed the huge haul displayed on the grounds of the port.

“Upon inspection, it was established that the water in the tropical fruit had been exchanged for liquid cocaine,” authorities said in a statement.

“In this sense, the coconuts were transferred to a specialised laboratory to establish the exact amount of the drug.”

Liquid cocaine is more difficult to detect than the common powder form and can be later converted back to powder.

Colombian police are now working with Italian authorities to establish who was preparing to receive the drugs and where they were destined for.

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