Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America.
The seizure, from shipping containers, was part of an ongoing investigation across both countries that started April 2017, police said on Wednesday (January 17).
Aside from the 745 kg (1,642 pounds) of cocaine seized and the arrests, police also dismantled a laboratory where the drug was cut with additives.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said in a press release that the cocaine was packed in a cylindrical manner, covered in yellow wax to appear as if made of the fruit, then covered by previously emptied out pineapple skins.
Six police records showed that two hydraulic presses, three packaging machines, and over 400,000 Euros in cash were among the things found in the raids.
The gang members, led by two Colombian brothers, had laboratories in the municipalities of Pinto and Nuevo Baztan near the Spanish capital.
According to a police press release, the gang stored their cocaine in Terrasa, Barcelona, before transporting it to their Madrid laboratories every 15-20 days.
The agents determined that the cocaine that was stored in Pineapples travelled from Panama to the port of Lisbon by sea.
"This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent," Portuguese investigators said in a statement.
The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe, either directly from Latin America or via North and West Africa.