Police seize over 8 tons of cocaine in Setubal

Written By Lara Silva

The Judiciary Police (PJ) detained 8.13 tons of cocaine in the Port of Setubal, one of the largest drug seizures in Portugal, reports RTP News. The cocaine was hidden in banana containers from Colombia and arrived in Portugal by sea.

The PJ announced on Thursday that this operation named “Bananero” has been in place for the last three weeks. As of now, no arrests have been announced. In collaboration with Europol, an investigation is underway as the drugs were destined for other European countries.

The PJ said that the cocaine that arrived at the Port of Setubal was stored in a large number of boxes of bananas on three ships that connected Colombian ports to European ports on a weekly bases. The shipment was destined to fuel the drug circuits in various European countries and was headed to major cities. 

The operation was supported by national and international organizations, including the Portuguese GNR.

Since the beginning of the year, over 12,000 tons of cocaine have been seized. Compared to the number of drugs seized in all of 2021, this represents an increase of 22.7% only in the first semester of 2022.

Back in May of 2022, 250 kilos of cocaine were seized in the Port of Setubal, hidden in boxes of pineapples. 

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us


Most Popular

10 Best Free Things to Do in Lisbon

The birthplace of Amália Rodrigues and calçada Portuguesa Lisbon is rich in culture, history, and striking views. For the past decade, tourists have started to...

Guide to Starting a Business in Portugal

If you're looking to start a business in Portugal, you are not the only one! The majority of global investors are confident in Portugal,...

9 Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal

The oldest country in Europe, Portugal's cultural heritage is vast and there is so much history to explore particularly its World Heritage Sites. Portugal...

Latest Articles