Over 1,400 Kilos of Cocaine Confiscated, Found In Giant Squid Fillets
Last week, Peru law enforcement intercepted $91 million in cocaine, labeled with the name Lionel Messi, an Argentinian soccer player or the word “King” with the Spanish crown and two dragons. If that’s not interesting enough, they were hidden inside giant squid fillets.
The high-quality stash, which reportedly weighed about 1.5 tons (1,417 kilos of cocaine, to be exact) was ready to be shipped, sea-bound to Belgium. The branding was intended to protect the product and ensure it remained undisturbed by others on its way.
The cocaine-filled squid fillets were seized in Lima en route to the Port of Callao. The squid fillets numbered nearly 1,300. Officials suspect the Sinaloa cartel was behind the cocaine-squid shipment.
Peruvian authorities, according to La Republica:
“As the hours go by, the investigation will advance and not only will we identify the members of this network, but in also capture the recipients. There is no doubt that this is an international organization.”
General Vicente Romera Fernandez, Peruvian National Police: “The imagination of those who engage in this business never rests.” He added that Fighting drug trafficking is a “relentless struggle.”
More details are expected to be released in the next few days.
Colombia has been hailed as the world’s cocaine capital for some time, but Peru has gained some traction and is now neck-in-neck regarding drug production. In 2015, a law was passed that allows military personnel to gun down drug traffickers in an aircraft. Since then, smugglers have experimented with transportation methods and have increased reliance on Peruvian ports to ship illicit drugs.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first strange drug bust in Peru this year. In January, Peru law enforcement seized over two tons of cocaine hidden inside asparagus packages on their way to Amsterdam. A Serbian man and four Peruvians were apprehended, and two SUVs, $75,000 and a gun were confiscated.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A, Psychology