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Pineapples filled with 67kg of cocaine seized at market in Madrid
World | incidents | 11:22, 28 August 2018 | 571

AKIPRESS.COM - Cocaine with a street value of about £235,000 has been found hidden inside fresh pineapples by Spanish police, Sky News reports.

The 67kg (148lb) haul was seized at Madrid's main wholesale fruit and vegetable market, MercaMadrid.

Cylinders of the narcotic were neatly slotted into the hollowed-out fruit skin and covered in yellow wax to look like pineapple flesh.

Police said the wax was also used to conceal "odours of the chemical products which the drug contains and avoid its detection".

Officers described the pineapples as: "Perfectly hollowed out and stuffed with compact cylinders," with each fruit containing 800-1,000g of cocaine.

They had to examine them all individually, smashing open each suspect pineapple to reveal the stash.

Dozens of fruits in the shipment - which had arrived at the Portuguese port of Setubal from Costa Rica before being transported to Spain - contained the cylinders of cocaine.

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