LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Police in Portugal stated Thursday they discovered simply over 8 metric tons (8.8 brief tons) of cocaine hid inside banana shipments from Colombia.
The cocaine was hidden within the maintain of three cargo ships that docked in Setubal, a port about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, police stated.
The ships made common Atlantic crossings, and the cocaine was destined for a number of European nations, in line with police.
The seizure occurred in current weeks, police stated, however a press release gave no particular date.
Although massive cocaine seizures aren’t unusual in Portugal, or the remainder of Europe, police stated it was one of many largest ever within the nation. The medicine have an estimated native avenue worth of greater than 300 million euros ($315 million).
Europe is presently the most important world marketplace for cocaine, the assertion stated.
Thus far this 12 months, police in Portugal have captured simply over 12 metric tons of cocaine — a rise of just about 23% on the full for the entire of final 12 months.
The European Union police company Europol and different European police forces cooperated within the operation.
In the meantime, police in northern Portugal stated they labored with the Guardia Civil in neighboring Spain to interrupt up an alleged legal ring constructing highly effective speedboats for Spanish gangs.
The boats are used to deliver medicine, normally cannabis, from Morocco into Spain and Portugal. Spain banned the boats 4 years in the past in an effort to crack down on the smuggling.
Portuguese police seized 21 speedboats in numerous levels of building, whereas Spanish police made 72 arrests in Spain, a press release stated.
Additionally Thursday, police in southern Spain stated they broke up a drug-smuggling ring and seized 1.2 metric tons (1.3 brief tons) of cannabis hidden in a manufacturing facility warehouse.
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