Spanish police find record cocaine haul in shipment of bananas

Spanish police find record cocaine haul in shipment of bananas

Spanish police have found nearly nine tons of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Colombia.

It marks a European record for drugs found inside a shipping container.

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said six people have been arrested, four of them in Spain and two in the French city of Lyon, after police and customs officials seized the 8.74-ton cocaine stash.

It was aboard a cargo ship that docked last Sunday in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras.

With 101 million tons of shipments handled in 2017, Algeciras is Spain's busiest cargo port and a main entry for cocaine into Europe.

In January, authorities seized six tons of cocaine there.

Mr Zoido vowed today to fight traffickers and "to keep drugs out of the streets".

PA

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