The managers of multiple grocery stores in Canada found several kilos of cocaine hidden in their banana shipments...
The managers of this grocery store in Kelowna, a small town in British Columbia, Canada, made quite an interesting find. According to The Independent, large amounts of drugs were found in shipments of bananas.
Needless to say, the grocers were shocked when they found several hundred bags of cocaine in their banana boxes... The events took place on February 24, 2019. The owner of a Kelowna grocery store notified the police after he found no less than twelve baggies in his shipment of bananas.
21 kg of cocaine!
While this was happening, in another part of town, another vendor made a similar discovery upon inspecting his cargo. He too immediately notified the police, who then connected the dots. According to a CNews report, more than 21 kg of cocaine were seized from boxes of bananas.
Nearly 800,000 doses of cocaine were seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Of course, the grocers were ruled out as suspects. On Tuesday, January 10, authorities confirmed in the local press that the drugs had arrived in Canada by mistake.
Drugs straight from Colombia
A member of the RCMP Drug Section said:
Our investigation leads us to believe that these illicit drugs were not meant to end up in the central Okanagan, and arrived here in the Okanagan Valley as a result of a missed pickup at some point along the way.
The merchandise came straight from Colombia and was not supposed to be delivered to the grocers. Unfortunately for whoever was going to resell them, the goods didn't reach their intended destination.
This wasn't the first time police found several kilos of cocaine in shipments of fruit. Last January, the police seized 500 kg of cocaine from Colombia stashed in boxes at Paris' Rungis market.