Peruvian police say they have seized nearly 1,540 pounds (700 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in frozen giant squid bound for Mexico and the United States. The drugs were covered in pepper to divert sniffer dogs and sealed in several layers of plastic and other wrappers, Peruvian police said on Monday.

Police had been on the trail since August.

Seven people were arrested in the drug seizure.

Police said the haul would have a street value of about $17.5 million