Police seize record cocaine haul bound for Spain
1 December 2004, LISBON- Portuguese police have seized a record amount of cocaine - nearly three tonnes, with a street value estimated at EUR 150 million (USD 200 m) - which was destined for Spain then Holland.
1 December 2004
LISBON- Portuguese police have seized a record amount of cocaine - nearly three tonnes, with a street value estimated at EUR 150 million (USD 200 m) - which was destined for Spain then Holland.
Police in Lisbon arrested four people, three Dutchmen and a Spaniard.
The men, aged between 38 and 62, were said to belong to a "major drug network", police sources said.
The cocaine came from South America and was probably headed to Spain and northern Europe, most likely to The Netherlands, according to Joao Braz, the head of Portugal's chief drug-busting agency.
After arriving by sea, the drugs were stored in a warehouse in suburbs of Faro, capital of the Algarve region which is popular with northern tourists, and in a truck that was stopped on a Faro road.
The southern city is frequently the "port of entry" of drugs into Europe.
Braz said about half was seized in the warehouse and the rest from the truck, where packs of cocaine were hidden inside the walls.
But police said despite the arrests, the drugs gang had not been dismantled.
Portugal is working with other foreign countries in an ongoing investigation, police said in a statement.
The cocaine will be incinerated, police said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news