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Cocaine smuggled into Spain hidden inside metal rods of container 

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Police have disarticulated a major criminal organisation dedicated to the introduction of cocaine in Spain through Portugal.

Officers arrested five people in the border town of Valença do Minho (Portugal), one Albanian and four Spaniards (two of them of Colombian origin), all of whom are residents of Madrid.

Six vehicles were seized, together with documents and 34 kilograms of cocaine.

The investigations, started several months ago, focused on a group of people who had created a legal business structure for the importation of furs from the South American continent to Portugal, in order to avoid possible customs and/or police controls by the authorities.

 The cocaine was hidden in the metal frame of a container that carried skins to make clothes. The gang physically removed the rods, placed the cocaine inbetween and then rewelded them back together.

The detainees were caught in an industrial warehouse, which they had previously rented where they were working with radials and other specific tools to extract the drug from the interior of the metal structure of the container.

Members of the group, several of them with a history of similar events, had planned, after extraction of the drug, their transfer and distribution in Spanish territory, for which they already had the necessary structure for transport by means of the vehicles.