Praia - Cape Verde police seized about 1.5 tons of pure cocaine worth about $100 million in one of the biggest drug busts in the region this year.
Police also seized weapons, five luxury cars and arrested four Cape Verde nationals in the raid on Saturday, according to Cape Verde national television, which was invited to film some of the haul of drugs, money and guns.
Cape Verde police were helped by Dutch colleagues as they staked-out the gang unloading their cargo on the island of Santiago, one of the islands that make up the Atlantic archipelago nation.
The drugs, which came from South America, belong to a criminal organisation with tentacles in several countries and were due to be shipped to Europe.
Street wholesale prices for cocaine in Europe range from anywhere between $40 000 to $100 000 a kilo, according to a 2011 report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).