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Spain seizes 11 tonnes of cocaine in shipping containers

MADRID (AP) – Spanish authorities have confiscated 11 tonnes of cocaine and arrested 20 people in two different operations against the smuggling of the illegal drugs inside shipping containers, Spain’s National Police said on Tuesday.

Police said that 7,500 kilogrammes (kg) of cocaine seized by agents in the northwestern city of Vigo were hidden between pieces of frozen tuna. Investigators said that a criminal organisation was using a frozen seafood company as a front to bring the drugs from South America to Spain.

A separate sting by police in the Mediterranean city of Valencia led to the seizure of 3,400kg of cocaine found in false bottoms of shipping containers in the eastern city’s port.

Police didn’t reveal the exact dates of the operation, only indicating that they had been carried out recently. They said both rings were linked to criminal organisations from the Balkans region.

Part of a haul of 11 tonnes of cocaine is displayed in the patio of a police station in Madrid, Spain. PHOTO: AP
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