Police in Portugal have announced they found just over 8 metric tons of cocaine concealed inside banana shipments from Colombia. The cocaine was hidden in the hold of three cargo ships that docked in Setubal, a port about 50 kilometers south of Lisbon, police said.
The ships made regular Atlantic crossings, and the cocaine was destined for several European countries, according to police. The seizure happened in recent weeks, police said, but a statement gave no specific date.
Though large cocaine seizures aren’t uncommon in Portugal, or the rest of Europe, police said it was one of the largest ever in the country. The drugs have an estimated local street value of more than 300 million euros ($315 million).