By Dilip Kuner • 22 November 2019 • 18:10
Cocaine was hidden in a load of coconut fibre from Costa Rica
SIX people have been arrested after National police and Customs officers discovered 426 kilos of cocaine in Valencia port.
An investigation began in August when, through a tip off from international police forces, agents received information about a Valencian company that allegedly trafficked narcotics through containers from South American countries.
Initially, suspicions fell on a container transporting a cargo of aluminium from Colombia and bound for the Port of Valencia, with a Valencian company as the importer. At the beginning of October, the container was physically inspected, but nothing was found.
However, the investigators considered that the recipient company had a high risk profile in terms of drug trafficking, so they subjected it to investigation with a view to future imports.
A few days later, new information was received from the Costa Rican police indicating the arrival of two containers carrying loads of coconut fibre to the same Valencian importing company. At the end of October, the containers were inspected, with the same negative result.
Subsequently, as a result of the established customs controls, two new containers were detected for the same company, also with coconut fibre, which arrived at the Port of Valencia at the beginning of November.
When they were unloaded, the containers were also checked, one of which contained 13 suitcases hidden in the middle of the legal load, inside of which 426 cocaine tablets were distributed. The tablets, one kilo each, had the usual plastic wrapping, with different logos or brands.
After several efforts, the researchers located an unloading warehouse in Alcácer (Valencia), where a large quantity of coconut fibre was stored.
There, the administrator of the importing company, his wife and four people participating in the unloading of the container were arrested. Subsequently, other searches were carried out in relation to the detainees.
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