Cocaine coconuts discovered at Madrid airport

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One of the offending coconuts

HAVING to be aware of the different ways in which smugglers bring drugs into Spain, the Guardia Civil has set up a Customs Risk Analysis Unit.

Working with the Tax Agency, officers became suspicious of the importation of bananas and coconuts to Madrid airport from Colombia and when passed through scanners, some of the nuts appeared to contain something denser than milk.

65 boxes of coconuts were each found to contain one ‘doctored’ nut which had been drilled, the milk removed and replaced with liquid cocaine and then sealed to try to camouflage the smuggler’s actions.


A total of 47.678 kilograms of cocaine was recovered and three people, two Colombian men and a Venezuelan woman were arrested.


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