Yesterday, packets of cocaine hidden beneath bananas were displayed at the Portuguese police headquarters in Lisbon. Portuguese police officials say they have discovered 430 kilograms of cocaine, concealed inside a banana shipment from Latin America.
Police said the highly pure cocaine was on its way to a gang in Spain. It had a street value of around 15 million euros. Police Inspector Vitor Ananias told reporters the 1-kilo packets of cocaine were hidden beneath bananas that were packed into boxes inside two shipping containers.
He said the police were acting on a tip-off from Spanish police when they found the cocaine at Portugal's Atlantic port of Leixoes. Spanish police said they believe Galician and Colombian gangs based in Spain brought in the drug from Ecuador. Spanish police arrested eight people from Spain, Colombia and Ecuador.