MADRID – Spanish police say they have arrested three suspects and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine that had been concealed within a shipment of pineapples that arrived at the southwestern port of Algeciras in containers sent from Central America.
The drug was hidden inside carefully hollowed-out pineapples that had been placed within 11 containers, a statement says. The cocaine had been covered in a protective coating of yellow wax that helped disguise it, the statement says.
Two of the suspects are Spaniards of Colombian descent who own fruit-importing companies in Madrid and Barcelona, although investigations are still ongoing.
Another container with drugs was stopped at the Belgian port of Antwerp, although its final destination was listed as the Netherlands.
Sunday's statement didn't specify when exactly the arrests were made.