Spanish authorities found a record 9.5 tonnes of cocaine in a shipment from Ecuador destined for 30 European drug rings.
The massive shipment was found on Wednesday in a refrigerated container of bananas in the southern port of Algeciras.
The containers had been marked with 30 logos comparable to totally different European felony networks supposed to acquire the coveted drug.
Police didn’t identify any of the organizations.
“This operation constitutes an unprecedented blow to one of the world’s largest criminal organizations involved in the distribution of cocaine, targeting major criminal networks in Europe,” police stated in an announcement.
The Ecuadorian felony group had an intensive community to ship medicine to Spain, primarily to the northwest ports of Algeciras and Vigo by a global banana buying and selling firm positioned in Ecuador’s most important banana port, Machala.
They had been capable of ship as much as 40 containers a month, some containing medicine, police stated.
The containers had been speculated to comprise 1,080 bananas, in accordance with José Carlos Arobes, a senior Spanish tax official.
An investigation was opened in July after police obtained details about a shipment of Colombian cocaine from Ecuador in August.
The shipment was speculated to be on its option to Portugal after transiting by Spain.
No arrests had been made.
Prior to this shipment, the biggest cocaine shipment the nation had seen was 8.4 tons in 2018, which was additionally discovered in a shipment of bananas.
(*30*) publish wires.
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