In 2015, the authorities in Spain seized 22 tons of cocaine, a 43% increase from the year before. Due to its ties with its former colonies in Latin America, Spain is the main entry point of blow smuggled into Europe. In December, we reported on an instance where over a ton of cocaine worth $370 million that had been molded to look like wooden pallets and charcoal was seized. In the trend of food being used to smuggle drugs, reports came out today about a shipment of fake bananas filled with coke that was seized in Spain.
The seizure occurred on April 28. It was the result of an on-going investigation into South American organizations smuggling drugs into Spain. A container of 19 boxes of supposed bananas, marked with a red X, was inspected at the Port of Algeciras. The 19 boxes held 88 plastic bananas stuffed with coke. In all, 171 kilos of cocaine was discovered, reportedly worth $19 million. According to The Local, “The shipment was imported from the Colombian town of Turbo and was destined for a fruit packing company in Huelva.”
— Policía Nacional (@policia) May 14, 2016