Alleged fake-banana cocaine gang gets off due to police slip-up

Suspects acquitted over breach in chain of custody of the seized drugs

The fake bananas were seized among a shipment of real bananas at Algeciras port

FOUR men accused of smuggling cocaine stuffed in fake bananas have been acquitted after Málaga’s provincial court found that police failed to maintain a documented chain of custody of the seized drugs.

The fake bananas containing 162 kilos of white powder were found amidst a shipment of real bananas that arrived from Ecuador to Algeciras port in December 2010, in the culmination of a police investigation that had started in Málaga province earlier that year.

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