"Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!," posted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Facebook after it was discovered that donated boxes with bananas to the Wayne Scott Unit prison in Texas' Brazoria County contained cocaine between fruits.
540 packages of cocaine one kilogram each with an estimated street value of $17,820,000 were hidden among bundles of bananas in some of the 45 boxes. Surprised at the weight difference between various boxes, one officer proceeded to open up a box. The donation came from Port of America in Freeport, Texas, according to the department. The boxes were never claimed at the port. It's however unclear who or when the cocaine entered the shipment. The U.S. Customs and the Drug Enforcement Administration seized the the drug capture and are investigating the case.
Cocaine packages from bananas boxes in Texas
Authorities have not released where the shipment came from or who the intended recipient was. This isn't the first time drug smugglers have tried to use fruit to hide contraband. In 2017, almost two tons of marijuana was disguised as limes in a commercial shipment coming across the Texas-Mexico border. Some incidents related to drugs mixed in banana’s shippment occurred also in the whole word. In April, Spanish police found some 9 tons of cocaine in a banana shipping container from Colombia. 13 supermarkets in Germany received Colombian banana boxes containing cocaine in May 2015. Romanian authorities said in July 2016 that they uncovered some 2.3 tons of cocaine in a banana shipment from Colombia and other South American countries.