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Spain seizes cocaine with street value of $250 million

Spain seizes cocaine with street value of $250 million (CIVIL GUARD/CNN Newsource)

MADRID (AP) - Spain has announced its second-biggest cocaine seizure ever, a near six metric-ton haul with a street value estimated at 210 million euros ($250 million).

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Tuesday the highly pure cocaine was found in a container on a ship that docked in the Mediterranean port of Algeciras, about 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of Madrid.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the drug was concealed inside boxes of bananas in a ship from Colombia heading to Barcelona.

Authorities have arrested three men the alleged Spanish ringleader and his suspected Portuguese and Honduran accomplices. All lived in Barcelona.

In 1999, Spain netted 7.6 metric tons of cocaine on a ship at sea in its biggest haul.

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