Cocaine stash found in Altea almond shipment
By Shelley Liddell EMPLOYEES of an Altea business were surprised to see rucksacks when they opened a shipping container carrying almonds that had arrived from California.
They immediately called the Guardia Civil, who proceeded to unload the almonds, finding a total of eight military rucksacks filled with carefully wrapped bars.
The bars turned out to be almost pure-grade cocaine, with a total weight of 226 kilos.
The container of unshelled almonds came from Oakland (California) where it was sealed and put on a ship heading to Spain for the Altea factory to receive, and then shell and sell the almonds.
On arrival, employees saw that the original seal had been broken and a new one put on, but they thought no- thing of it as it is the usual procedure of customs inspectors to open containers and reseal them - although this time the seal was removed to place the rucksacks in the container.
The Guardia Civil are continuing their investigations to try and find out where exactly on the shipping route the drugs were placed in the container.
The drugs have been destroyed.