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1,600 Pounds of Cocaine Found Hidden in Pineapples

You'll often hear of creative ways drug smugglers transport their product. But this recent story is definitely a weird one.

An operation conducted by Spanish and Portuguese police confiscated over 1,600 pounds of cocaine that Columbian drug smugglers were hiding inside pineapples. Authorities say the smugglers would pack the cocaine into a cylinder shape, cover it in yellow wax and then place it inside of a hollowed out pineapple. The cocaine would then be shipped from Panama to Lisbon before ending up in laboratories near Madrid. 

Spain and Portugal are two major routes used by drug smugglers to get their products into Europe. Organizations in both Central/South America and North Africa transport their products by sea to the Iberian peninsula before taking them on land the rest of the way. 

So the next time you're at the grocery store, make sure to examine your pineapples closely. You wouldn't want to end up with a little surprise that could put you in the slammer.

(h/t Business Insider)


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