Spain: Huge cocaine haul discovered in Colombian banana shipment

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Spanish authorities have found almost six metric tonnes of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment originating from Colombia, the BBC reports.

The seizure by police and customs officers in the southern port of Algeciras is one of the largest of the drug to be made in Europe in the last two decades.

The stash is estimated to be worth US$249 million (£186 million), the article reported.

The shipment came from the Colombian city of Medellin and was headed for the Spanish port city of Barcelona.

Police have not revealed what raised their suspicion about the shipment but after unsuccessfully searching two containers, the third one they opened yielded the cocaine.

Spain’s Guardia Civil paramilitary police said three people had been arrested: a Spaniard who is believed to be the ringleader of the drugs gang, a Honduran national and a Portuguese citizen. Two more people are also being investigated.

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