Spanish police find cocaine in cocoa
8 August 2007, MADRID - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized 253 kg of cocaine hidden among packages of cocoa imported from Peru and arrested nine people in connection to the operation.
8 August 2007
MADRID - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized 253 kg of cocaine hidden among packages of cocoa imported from Peru and arrested nine people in connection to the operation.
Police found the narcotics while searching a truck transporting 1.2 tonnes of cocoa in the eastern coastal region of Valencia, the chief of police of Valencia, Miguel Gonzalez, told a news conference.
The nine suspected drug traffickers -- seven Colombians, a Venezuelan and a Spanish national -- were jailed after being questioned, he added.
Police began their investigation, which was originally called "zumo" or "juice" because the traffickers had imported cocaine into Spain hidden among packages of fruit juice, in November.
Drug traffickers are increasingly using their imagination to try to smuggle cocaine into Spain. In recent months the drug has been found hidden among shipments of lollipops, coal, pineapples and rum as well as concealed in shipments of sofa covers.
Spain, with its historic and linguistic links to South America, is the main entry point to Europe for cocaine from the continent, mostly from Colombia.
Spanish authorities seized an average of 39 tonnes of cocaine, mainly from Colombia, annually between 2001 and 2005, the highest haul for any European country, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
(Copyright AFP 2007)
Subject: Spanish news