Police have arrested a gang that hid drugs inside fake tomatoes and used trucks to transport them between Spain and France.

Ten people have been arrested in the joint Califa Truck Operation between the Civil Guard and the National Police.

The agents seized 22,370 kilograms of cannabis resin, mobile phones and seven vehicles in which the gang was traveling.

“They had hidden the drug inside fake tomatoes to make it difficult to detect,” police said.

Drugs in fake tomatoes
The drugs were found inside fake tomatoes.

The gang was based in Córdoba and operated in different provinces, but mainly transported the drugs across the border between Spain and France.

Police said the gang leader lived in Córdoba and used a “circle of trust,” which determined the “different levels of the criminal network.”

“The criminal organization had a complex structure, rich in human, technical and material resources and with strong economic capacity,” the officials said.

The criminals worked under the guise of a legal business using ‘straw people’ with no other responsibility than to appear as administrators of the companies used for real estate, rental and vehicle acquisition.

Drugs inside fake tomatoes
The agents raided some warehouses in an industrial estate in a town in Malaga.

Then the police made their move on January 10 when they discovered that the gang intended to transport a large shipment of drugs from an industrial estate in a town in the province of Malaga.

“They moved several pallets of boxes apparently containing tomatoes to a van,” police said.

“When intercepting the van, it was found that it was carrying 2,600 kilos of hashish spread over several boxes of false tomatoes.”

Then, the agents searched the warehouses of that industrial estate where they found more than 19,700 kilos of hashish inside 18 large pallets of tomatoes.

Of the ten detainees, eight had already been detained by order of the judicial authority.

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