ALGECIRAS, Spain – Spanish authorities have seized 332 kilograms of cocaine apparently hidden in a shipment of sugar from Brazil at the southwestern port of Algeciras, the country’s tax agency said on Monday.
The goods were being transshipped through Spain on their way to the Liberian capital, Monrovia, according to the agency.
Spain’s tax agency, police and Civil Guard launched a joint operation after being made aware of the possibility that a container was “contaminated” with an undetermined amount of narcotics.
That information was based on a scanner image that was scrutinized after the cargo ship had left Brazil.
Spanish authorities found 12 sports bags filled with the drug, hidden between the sacks of sugar, upon a search of one of the containers in the shipment.
The find represents a case of the so-called “rip-off” smuggling technique, which involves concealing products within legal cargo.