Spanish police have seized 67 kilos (148 pounds) of cocaine found inside hollowed-out pineapples discovered at Madrid’s main fruit and vegetable market, Mercamadrid. The drug-stuffed fruits were among a shipment of pineapples that arrived in the Portuguese port of Setubal by ship from Costa Rica.
The fruits are said to have then been transported overland to the Spanish capital.
Authorities in Spain said each pineapple was ‘perfectly hallowed out and stuffed with compact cylinders’ containing 800 to 1,000 grams of cocaine. The operation was described as Premeditate, with an almost surgical preparation and a lot of creativity.
The fruit was coated with wax or yellow paraffin to conceal the ‘odors of the chemical products which the drug contains and avoid its detection’, the statement said.
Police arrested seven people