Sergeants from the Wayne Scott Unit in Texas’ Brazoria County were picking up two pallets of ripe bananas that were being donated to the prison because, oddly, it seems no one ever claimed them. As they were loading them up, however, they noticed something was… off.
“One of the boxes felt different than the others,” TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) said in a statement.
“They snipped the straps, pulled free the box, and opened it up. Inside, under a bundle of bananas, he found another bundle! Inside that? What appeared to be a white powdery substance.”
They searched all 45 boxes and found 540 packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $17.8 million.
“Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas,” the Department of Criminal Justice wrote on its Facebook page. “And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!”
According to NPR, cocaine concealed in banana boxes is a surprisingly common occurrence. Here are just a few recent incidents:
- In April, Spanish police found some 9 tons of cocaine in a banana shipping container from Colombia, The Associated Press reported.
- In February, Albanian police also discovered 1,350 pounds of the narcotic in another banana shipment from Colombia, according to the wire service.
- 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, the AP said.
- According to the BBC, 13 supermarkets in Germany received Colombian banana boxes containing cocaine in May 2015. The same supermarket chain, Aldi, also received cocaine in a banana shipment in January of that year.
I guess the lesson here is always be on the lookout for unclaimed shipments of bananas…
(via USA Today; Top photo: Pixabay, bottom photos: Facebook)