Spain seizes cocaine hidden in plastic bananas

13th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police in Spain seized 162 kilos of cocaine hidden inside plastic bananas that had been concealed in a 20-tonne shipment of real fruit from Ecuador, the interior ministry said Thursday.

"The imitations with the drugs, which were very similar to real bananas, were hidden amongst a shipment of real fruit," it said in a statement.

Four people were arrested as part of the operation surrounding the shipment which arrived at the Mediterranean port of Algeciras from Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador.

The suspected leader of the drug trafficking ring that is responsible for the shipment was among the four people detained.

Spain's proximity to Morocco, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine-producing region, have made it a major gateway into Europe for drug traffickers.

© 2011 AFP

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