Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine found with bananas

A pile of bananas seen in Tangerang, Indonesia, on March 1, 2013Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country’s biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The authorities said they opened their investigation after police with sniffer dogs uncovered 54 kilos (120 pounds) of high quality cocaine hidden inside boxes of bananas as they were being unloaded at the port of Marin in the northwestern region of Galicia. The detainees included the leader of the drug smuggling ring, identified only as Antonio Manuel B.I., a Spanish national described by police as “one of Spain’s top drug dealers”. Police said the suspect had been on the run since being sentenced to 17 years in jail in 2006 for drug smuggling and other crimes.