Exceptional: Spain finds 6 tons of cocaine in Colombia banana shipment

Leslie Hanson
December 6, 2017

A shipment container of 5,883 kg of cocaine was camouflaged by a shipment of bananas from the Colombian city of Medellin. Agents in Algeciras found almost six tonnes of the drug stashed in banana boxes aboard the Banak, a container ship arriving from Medellin.

Authorities from Spain said Monday that they had seized a shipment of bananas from Colombia in which drug traffickers had put six metric tons of cocaine.

Spain's Guardia Civil paramilitary police said three people had been arrested: a Spaniard who is believed to be the ringleader of the drugs gang, a Honduran national and a Portuguese citizen. The ship, which sailed to the southern port of Algeciras, was carrying bananas from Colombia and its ultimate destination was El Prat de Lobregac, the area where Catalonia's worldwide airport is located, the ministry said.

The Spanish Interior Ministry on Tuesday confirmed the seizure of a shipment of cocaine thought to be the second biggest ever in Spain.

In 2016, 171kg of cocaine were found inside fake bananas in the same port but this time the cocaine was hidden among real bananas. In 1999, the Spanish Customs Surveillance Service boarded a merchant vessel off the Canary Islands and discovered 10 tonnes of cocaine on board.

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