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North Africa's biggest cocaine trafficker held after drugs found concealed in pineapples

Police had to open up thousands of pineapples. :: Sur
Police had to open up thousands of pineapples. :: Sur
  • The network made use of real estate and financial infrastructures to create the appearance of a genuine business and dodge police and border controls

A 72-year-old Moroccan man considered North Africa's biggest cocaine trafficker has been arrested after a National Police operation, in conjunction with the Tax Agency, intercepted a tonne of cocaine and dismantled a trafficking network operating on the Costa del Sol.

The network made use of real estate and financial infrastructures to create the appearance of a genuine business and dodge police and border controls.

According to a National Police press release, the organisation, comprising its leader and his four sons and two sons-in-law, transported cocaine from South America inside shipments of pineapples.

In one shipment from Costa Rica, 33 kilos of the drug were found concealed inside the fruit in cylinders covered in yellow wax.

The operation began in October last year and led to the arrest of the leader who began trafficking in the 1970s, transporting hashish around North Africa before moving to the Costa del Sol and the trafficking of cocaine.