LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police say they have discovered 430 kilograms (950 pounds) of cocaine concealed inside a banana shipment from Latin America.
Police said Tuesday the highly pure cocaine that was on its way to a gang in Spain had a street value of around 15 million euros ($17 million).
Police Inspector Vitor Ananias told reporters Tuesday the 1-kilo (2.2-pound) packets of cocaine were hidden beneath bananas that were packed into boxes inside two shipping containers.
He says police were acting on a tip-off from Spanish police when they found the cocaine Jan. 16 at Portugal’s Atlantic port of Leixoes.
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Spanish police said they believe Galician and Colombian gangs based in Spain brought the drug from Ecuador.
Spanish police arrested eight people from Spain, Colombia and Ecuador.