Italian Police Discover Over a Ton of Cocaine in Banana Containers

Italian Police Discover Over a Ton of Cocaine in Banana Containers



ITALY - Peanut butter, chocolate, other delicious fruits—these are the pairings that come to the ANUK team’s minds when we think about what goes best with bananas. Bad guys, on the other hand, seem to think cocaine pairs nicely with everyone’s favorite yellow fruit. Fortunately, this illicit agenda won’t be seeing the light of day any time soon, as police in southern Italy thwarted another attempt to pair the two together.

According to a report by Daily Sabah, authorities seized over a ton of cocaine hidden in a refrigerated container used for transporting bananas on a boat bound for Germany. The drugs, which were stored in 144 different packages and concealed in the banana container, are estimated to have a street value of $275 million.

Authorities seized over a ton of cocaine hidden in a refrigerated container used for transporting bananas on a boat bound for Germany

While this batch of illegal substances was seized at the port of Gioia Tauro, authorities in the Mediterranean have been on yellow alert due to packages of cocaine mysteriously washing ashore. Specifically, police in the southwest of France have closed beaches because over 2,200 pounds of cocaine has been discovered since mid-October.

While it has not been disclosed if the two cocaine incidents are related—or from the same source—one thing is certain: those on the right side of justice will continue to (drug) bust while the produce is hot to keep the freshest of fruits and veggies out of the wrong hands.

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