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Police uncover a tonne of cocaine in a shipment of avocados in Vélez

A haul of cocaine was found in a banana shipment in October.
A haul of cocaine was found in a banana shipment in October. / SUR
  • The drugs and organised crime department say that it is the second biggest haul in the province this year, after 6.3 tonnes were found in October

The drugs and organised crime department of the Costa del Sol's National Police force (Udyco) have revealed that at the beginning of December one of the province's biggest cocaine hauls was uncovered in a warehouse in Vélez-Málaga.

Almost a tonne of the drug was found by officers in a shipment of avocados which had arrived into Algeciras port from south America and were destined for one of the Axarquía's horticultural companies. The National Police raided the premises following a tip-off.

Four men, two of whom are Spanish, one Moroccan and one Romanian, have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the operation and have been remanded in custody awaiting trial.

The find is the second biggest in Malaga province this year and one of the largest in the country. Police sources have said that the value of the cocaine is approximately 60 million euros, although its street value, once cut and mixed with other substances, could be anything up 160 million euros.

The biggest haul was seized from a warehouse in the Santa Teresa industrial estate in Malaga city in October. In an operation named 'Bananero', 6.3 tonnes of cocaine were found in a shipment of bananas which had entered Europe via Portugal.