Police seize 1.3 tons of cocaine hidden in frozen fish | EUROtoday

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Police have seized over 1.3 tons of cocaine hidden inside frozen fish resulting from be distributed throughout Europe, detaining seven males of various nationalities as a part of a sting often called Operation Squid’.

The haul, from Ecuador, was unloaded on the Lisbon port, police stated, including its officers carried out a number of searches as a part of Operation Squid and seized eight firearms, high-end autos, in addition to numerous paperwork and objects.

The medication, which had been present in a warehouse within the western area of Portugal, had been hidden inside frozen fish, which was wrapped in plastic and packed in cardboard bins.

“The way in which the drug was hidden in the frozen fish made it extremely difficult to detect it and, in order to remove it, the fish had to be completely destroyed,” Portugal’s Judiciary Police stated in an announcement.

Those detained, aged between 26 and 59, are suspected of being a part of an organised prison group, which imported giant portions of cocaine from Latin America and distributed it throughout a number of European nations. The police didn’t disclose the nationalities of the detainees.

They will seem earlier than a choose because the investigation continues.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime stated in its annual World Drug Report final yr that cocaine demand and provide had been growing the world over.

Last month it was revealed the largest-ever haul of sophistication A medication had been seized at a port within the UK – hidden in a bunch of bananas.

(NCA/PA Wire)

The medication, discovered at Southampton Port, are value an estimated £450 million.

The earlier largest UK seizure was 3.7 tonnes of cocaine, additionally discovered at Southampton, in 2022, and three.2 tonnes had been discovered on board the tug boat MV Hamal in Scotland in 2015.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force seized 5.7 tonnes of cocaine present in a container carrying the fruit from South America on February 8.

The NCA has stated the illicit medication had been heading to the Port of Hamburg in Germany for onward supply.

The NCA spokesman defined that the MV Hamal haul was estimated at a worth of £512 million due to a distinction in cocaine costs skilled in Scotland at the moment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/cocaine-portgual-lisbon-frozen-fish-b2506626.html