Valencia’s largest ever bust nets entire roomful of 5.5 tonnes of cocaine

Valencia has set a new – if unwelcome – record for its largest ever seizure of cocaine. 

A staggering 5.5 tonnes of Colombia’s finest – with a street value of €340 million – was found disguised in a container transporting fruit from South America. 

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The quantity of cocaine seized by police in the Port of Valencia – enough to fill a room. Credit: Guardia Civil

Top police work from the Guardia Civil – along with the Spanish Tax Agency – put them on to the narcotraffickers after a previous bust in the Port of Barcelona netted 70kg of cocaine in 2021.

The amount is the largest bust in Spain in over four years, with enough coke – each neatly packed into bricks with the word ‘Rey’ stamped on them – to fill up a room.

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The amount is the largest bust in Spain in over four years, with each neatly-packed brick stamped with the word ‘Rey’. Credit: Guardia Civil

The shipment has not been linked to any of the ongoing police operations to dismantle well-known cartels operating in and through Spain, but investigations are ongoing to determine the identities of the smugglers and the distribution network here in Spain.

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