US News Portuguese, Spanish police bust huge 'pineapple' cocaine ring

12:16  18 january  2018
12:16  18 january  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples , and arrested nine members “This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent,” Portuguese investigators said in a statement.

Police in Portugal and Spain seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples , and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America.

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Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples, and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America.

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LISBON (Reuters) - Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples , and “This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent,” Portuguese investigators said in a statement.

LISBON (Reuters) - Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples , and "This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent," Portuguese investigators said in a statement.

The seizure, from shipping containers, was part of an ongoing investigation across both countries that started April 2017, police said on Wednesday.

Aside from the 745 kg (1,642 pounds) of cocaine seized and the arrests, police also dismantled a laboratory where the drug was cut with additives.

"This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent," Portuguese investigators said in a statement.

The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe, either directly from Latin America or via North and West Africa.

(Reporting By Andrei Khalip, editing by Axel Bugge and John Stonestreet)

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