Spanish police find 680 kilos of cocaine in container at Barcelona port
A general overview of Barcelona Port, which is largely shut down due to a dock workers strike, Barcelona, Spain, June 5, 2017. EPA-EFE/QUIQUE GARCIA
Barcelona, Spain, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Spanish police said Monday that 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of cocaine had been found hidden inside a shipping container that arrived at the port of the northeastern city of Barcelona from Brazil.
The substance had been stashed inside rolls of paper, according to police.
A police investigation was carried out in collaboration with officials from Spain's tax agency and involved searching several shipping containers until the drug was found, police said.
The substance had arrived at the Port of Barcelona via the "rip-off" smuggling method, which entails concealing contraband within a legitimate shipment so that it goes unnoticed by authorities.
Police were now investigating the group involved in sending the cocaine and possible accomplices who would have recovered the stash at the port.