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Spanish police ‘smash gang which smuggled drugs to UK in orange …

  • Sniffer drugs located parcels of cannabis stashed among piles of oranges
  • Police raided several addresses and arrested a total of 18 people in Spain
  • Gang had set up two import-export firms to smuggle the drugs to the UK

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A drug-smuggling gang have been arrested after nearly 2,500lbs of cannabis resin was found hidden among oranges in a van.

The vehicle had been stopped at a motorway checkpoint in southern Spain and the drugs unearthed by sniffer dogs.

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled but officers managed to identify him and the rest of the gang following raids at several addresses.

The vehicle had been stopped at a motorway checkpoint in southern Spain and the drugs were unearthed by sniffer dogs

The vehicle had been stopped at a motorway checkpoint in southern Spain and the drugs were unearthed by sniffer dogs

Police released footage today of sniffer dogs being let loose on one of the lorries believed to have been seized and the contents searched

Police released footage today of sniffer dogs being let loose on one of the lorries believed to have been seized and the parcels of cannabis resin being removed from the crates of oranges.

Officers also described how the gang set up two import-export firms to smuggle the drugs between Spain and the UK – and hid their illegal cargo inside vacuum-packed containers in the middle of the vehicles they used to hinder detection.

The drug parcels were prepared in a house in Alcala de Guadiara near Seville before being taken to nearby warehouses and hidden among the oranges.

A total of 18 people have been arrested, including Algerians, Paraguayans, French, Spanish and Portuguese nationals.

Parcels of cannabis resin were discovered among the crates of oranges

Parcels of cannabis resin were discovered among the crates of oranges

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled but officers managed to identify him and the rest of the gang following raids at several addresses

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled but officers managed to identify him and the rest of the gang following raids at several addresses

The operation, codenamed Operacion Rajado-Puntalero, was carried out by the Guardia Civil. (Pictured - Police searching the gang's headquarters find large wads of cash)

The operation, codenamed Operacion Rajado-Puntalero, was carried out by the Guardia Civil. (Pictured – Police searching the gang’s headquarters find large wads of cash)

The oranges confiscated have been sent to local food banks so they can handed to the poor and needy.

The operation, codenamed Operacion Rajado-Puntalero, was carried out by the Guardia Civil.

A spokesman said: ‘The gang dismantled smuggled drugs between Spain and England hidden in lorries that transported oranges.

‘During the different phases of the operation, raids have been carried out at several addresses in the provinces of Malaga and Seville.

‘The operation began when a patrol car stopped a van on the A7 motorway in the province of Malaga whose driver abandoned the vehicle and fled.

A spokesman said: 'The gang dismantled smuggled drugs between Spain and England hidden in lorries that transported oranges'

A spokesman said: ‘The gang dismantled smuggled drugs between Spain and England hidden in lorries that transported oranges’

He added: 'The drugs were hidden among crates of oranges placed in the central part of the trailers and the rest of the trailer filled with oranges that didn' t contain drugs'

He added: ‘The drugs were hidden among crates of oranges placed in the central part of the trailers and the rest of the trailer filled with oranges that didn’ t contain drugs’

‘The van was subsequently found to contain nearly 2,500lbs of cannabis resin in 32 packages.

‘A subsequent investigation into the driver and the origin and intended destination of the drugs led officers to identify and arrest all the members of the gang.’

He added: ‘The drugs were hidden among crates of oranges placed in the central part of the trailers and the rest of the trailer filled with oranges that didn’ t contain drugs.

‘That modus operandi – and the fact the drugs were vacuum-packed – made detection by sniffer dogs and customs officials more difficult as the legal cargos had all their paperwork in order.’

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