Spanish police find 200kg of cocaine in hollowed-out pineapples

The drugs were painted yellow to fool customs officials

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Spanish police have seized 200kg of cocaine discovered inside hollowed-out pineapples on a ship from Central America.

The fruit was among 10 shipping containers full of pineapples arriving in the port of Algeciras, according to the Spanish interior ministry.

The shipment was discovered at the port of Algeciras (Ministerio Interior)

The pineapples had been hollowed out "stuffed with drugs and then covered with a yellow wax that simulated the colour of pineapple pulp," a statement from the ministry said.

The ministry also released images of the pineapple haul.

The drugs were covered in a yellow wax 'to simulate pinapple pulp' (Ministerio Interior)

The pineapples arrived from an undisclosed country in Central America.

They were addressed to two companies, one in Madrid and the other in Sant Quirze del Valles, near Barcelona.

Both companies were said to be run by Spanish nationals of Colombian origin.

(Additional reporting by agencies)