Spanish police seize 8 tonnes of cocaine in Port of Algeciras

Spanish police seize eight tonnes of cocaine in Port of Algeciras

The Spanish police have discovered 8 tonnes of cocaine concealed in a container disguised as a power generator in the southern Port of Algeciras.

The cocaine haul recovered by the police is one of the greatest drug seizures in Spain, according to Reuters.

The news agency noted that the cocaine was located within a metal construction intended to avoid scanner detection. However, customs authorities discovered a vast number of piled products that nearly filled the container and pushed it open.

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The drug smugglers reportedly plotted a path that would make determining the real contents of the container as difficult as possible.

Reuters further revealed the container travelled from Suriname to Panama and from there to Algeciras. It was scheduled to travel to Leixoes in Portugal, from where it was to be transported by road back to Spain.

Customs officers have made three arrests in relation to the incident.

In August 2023, Dutch Customs agents in the Netherlands intercepted the biggest cocaine haul ever to pass through the Port of Rotterdam, weighing up to 17,600 pounds.

Three months later, the Irish Army Ranger Wing discovered a haul of cocaine weighing approximately 2,235 kilogrammes onboard the MV Matthew off the Cork Coast of Ireland.

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