Police in Spain seized more than 1642 pounds of cocaine that were hidden in pineapples from South America.
The worldwide operation was reportedly run by two Colombian brothers who had laboratories in the municipalities of Pinto and Nuevo Baztan near the Spanish capital.
Screenshot of seized pineapples (Policia Nacional, Youtube) According to the BBC, the Spanish and Portuguese authorities had been collaborating on an investigation since April 2017. The authorities also seized two hydraulic presses, three packaging machines, and €400,000 (US$490,000).
It said that the investigation into the group began in Spain in April a year ago.
In a statement released by the Spanish Interior Ministry, officials indicated that traffickers packed the kilos of narcotics in a cylindrical manner and then covered the package in yellow wax to smuggle the drugs.
A clandestine laboratory where cocaine was adulterated and "cut" was also dismantled, police said.
'This organised worldwide group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent, ' Portuguese investigators said in a statement. The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs entering Europe, known to be a hotspot for drug smuggling either directly from Latin America or via North and West Africa.
This freaky shipping method has been used before by drug smugglers.