Flowers are seen near a statue depicting Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia in a street in Algeciras, southern Spain – died of a heart attack at age 66.
Police in Spain seized 162 kilos (356 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside plastic bananas that had been concealed in a 20-tonne shipment of real fruit from Ecuador.
“The imitations with the drugs, which were very similar to real bananas, were hidden amongst a shipment of real fruit,” it said in a statement.
The cocaine was wrapped in clear plastic sheets inside the fake green bananas, pictures released by police showed.
Four people were arrested in the operation surrounding the shipment which arrived at the Mediterranean port of Algeciras from Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. Police believe one of the four arrested is the leader of the ring who was responsible for maintaining contacts with the Colombian drug cartels that supplied the narcotics.
“These contacts led him to travel to the interior of the Colombian jungle to personally supervise the shipment of the cocaine and inspect its quality,” the statement said.
No one inspected the quality of his brains. Though, plastic green bananas is a pretty good stunt.