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Portugal, Spain police seize 2.5 tonnes of cocaine

Spanish and Portuguese police arrested ten people and seized around 2.5 tonnes of cocaine in raids to smash an international network smuggling drugs from Latin America to Europe, police said Thursday.

Published: 16th March 2018 12:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2018 12:25 AM   |  A+A-

Representational image of a narcotics agent using a machete to slice open a brick of cocaine (File|AP)

By AFP

Spanish and Portuguese police arrested ten people and seized around 2.5 tonnes of cocaine in raids to smash an international network smuggling drugs from Latin America to Europe, police said Thursday.

Police seized two tonnes of cocaine at a warehouse in Lisbon and around half a tonne hidden  as it was being transported by car just across the border in the Spanish province of Badajoz, Portugal's narcotics police chief, Artur Vaz, told a news conference.

The cocaine was inside vacuum sealed bricks contained about one kilo each that were decorated with the logos for Rolls-Royce and Mini vehicles as well as the logo for 1972 crime film "The Godfather" alongside an image of its star, Marlon Brando. 

"The drugs were to go first to Spain and from there to other destinations in Europe," said Vaz.

The authorities declined to give an estimate for the street value of the cocaine, which was put on display for the media at Portuguese police headquarters in Lisbon.

Police arrested ten people, mainly Colombians and Spanish nationals, who were caught during a police road stop transporting the cocaine hidden inside false bottoms of four vehicles, Spain's narcotics police chief, Antonio Duarte, said.

The smuggling ring was based in Madrid and it was "completely broken up" by the operation, he added.



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