A Major Drug Seizure in Portugal

A Major Drug Seizure in Portugal
  • PublishedMay 3, 2023

On May 02, the Portuguese police announced a major drug seizure. Indeed 4.2 tonnes cocaine that were hidden in a shipment of bananas were seized by the Portuguese police. The intercepted haul destined for European markets is thought to be worth around €100m.

The drugs, concealed in six pallets filled with bananas, entered Portuguese territory on board a cargo ship flying the Italian flag through the port of Setubal, 30km south of Lisbon.

This is “the biggest cocaine seizure this year and one of the biggest in recent years”, said Vitor Ananias, criminal investigation coordinator at the Judiciary Police.

The operation to intercept the shipment was the result of international cooperation with Colombia and several European countries.

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