Spanish police discover millions of euros worth of cocaine hidden among avocados

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AVOCADOS: Police have seized almost 1,000 kilos of cocaine hidden among a shipment of avocados. Photo: Shutterstock


POLICE have seized almost 1,000 kilos of cocaine hidden among a shipment of avocados in a warehouse in Velez-Malaga.

The major drugs bust took place after the Costa del Sol Unit against Drugs and Organised Crime (Udyco) discovered traffickers could have hidden the haul in a shipment belonging to an Axarquia fruit and vegetable company.

In a sting designed to surprise the dealers, police raided a warehouse, discovering millions of Euros worth of cocaine hidden among avocados.

Officers arrested four men for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking group.

Two of the men were Spanish, one was Moroccan, and one Romanian.

All the suspects were brought before court and remanded in custody pending a trial.

Officers said the cocaine had entered Spain hidden in a container which travelled through the Port of Algeciras from a Latin American country before being transported to a warehouse in Velez-Malaga by road.

The haul is the second largest to be seized in the province, and the largest bust this year.

The cocaine in its present condition is said to have a value of around €60 million, but police say once it was mixed with other substances, it could have had a market value of more than €160 million.

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