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Spain seizes cocaine with street value of $250 million

06 December 2017

Spain has made its largest cocaine bust in 18 years, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, after more than 5,800 kg of the drug were discovered on a container ship travelling from Medellin in Colombia.

Nearly six tonnes of cocaine has been found hidden among bananas on board a ship in the port of Algeciras, in southern Spain.

Spanish police display packages of cocaine which were seized in a shipment of bananas from Colombia in a container in the port of Algeciras, Spain in this undated handout photo released by Guardia Civil-Ministerio del Interior on December 5, 2017.

Spain has announced its second-biggest cocaine seizure ever, a near six metric-ton haul with a street value estimated at 210 million euros ($250 million).

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The container was destined for El Prat de Llobregat, a municipality just south of Barcelona.

This is the second largest ever seizure of cocaine by Spanish authorities.

The cocaine had been divided into 5,299 blocks, each weighing around a kilogram, which is usually a sign that it is to be distributed to "different destinations and organizations".

The drug shipment - alleged to be worth $259 million - is one of the biggest found in Europe in the past decades, according to the BBC.

Spain seizes cocaine with street value of $250 million