Spanish authorities have confiscated 11 tons of cocaine and arrested 20 people in an operation against the smuggling of the illegal drugs inside shipping containers, Spain’s National Police said Tuesday.
In the first operation, police in Vigo seized 7,500 kilograms of cocaine concealed in frozen tuna fillets.
It was the biggest drugs bust by volume in the history of Galicia.
A police spokesman said the cocaine was from South America and was due to be distributed across Europe.
Investigators said that a criminal organisation was using a frozen seafood company as a front to bring the drugs from South America to Spain.
The second operation, in Valencia, resulted in the seizure of 3,400 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the double bottoms of shipping containers.
Police did not reveal the exact dates of the operation, only indicating that they had been carried out recently.
They said both rings were linked to criminal organisations from the Balkans region.
The national police, with the collaboration of the tax agency, have seized 11 tonnes of cocaine in total from two criminal organisations prepared for distribution in Europe. Twenty people belonging to two organisations have been arrested.
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