5 Jul, 2021 @ 20:30
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Massive cocaine haul seized in two separate shipments at Valencia port in Spain

Drugs Valencia border police
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A TOTAL of 660 kilos of cocaine from two separate shipments were seized by the authorities after landing at Valencia port on the same day last week.

Both ships docked in Valencia on Thursday but the containers with the drugs were not detected until Friday – one before leaving the port towards its final destination and the second upon arrival at a food firm based in Valladolid (Castilla y Leon).

In the first case, border officials and Guardia Civil officers discovered a fake bottom in a cargo container of bananas from Colombia, which they selected for inspection given its route and contents.

Upon scanning the container, officers detected a double bottom with 300 one-kilo packets of cocaine that would have been impossible to spot with a naked eye check.

This shipment is of particular interest to the authorities, as it is the first drugs haul in a long time that has not arrived using the method known as ‘rip off’, in which the illicit substances are packed in with the legal cargo by traffickers without either the exporter nor the importer being aware of it.

The drugs are then ‘rescued’ from inside the container once it lands at the port, which is when the vast majority of police operations have been successfully carried out in Valencia over the last several years, with officers catching the ‘rescuers’ as they broke into the containers.

Drugs Valencia port
Photo by Cordon Press

Police and the border authorities have launched an investigation to ascertain who was set to receive this shipment, as the method used would make recovery at the port impossible and would mean that the person receiving the container would be aware of and actively participate in the crime.

In fact, the second shipment seized on Friday was meant to have been retrieved by rescuers at Valencia port.

However, a mistake on their part meant no one collected the eight rucksacks containing 360 kilos of cocaine, which found their way by accident to the warehouse belonging to a food firm.

Workers discovered the drugs when they broke the seal to retrieve the legal cargo – namely panela, unrefined cane sugar from South America used as a sweetener – and immediately called the police.

According to the authorities, the arrival of both cargos within mere hours of each other confirms that the ‘Valencian route’ remains one of the preferred entry points for drugs into Europe.


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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