Smuggling drugs in food shipments has been a long practiced maneuver by drug dealers. We’ve seen it plenty of times in recent weeks. Earlier this month, we reported on 171 kilos of cocaine that was transported into Spain in fake, plastic bananas. The yellow, potassium rich fruit, once again, has made headlines in relation to cocaine. This time, a massive load was seized in Holland.
The coke seized this time was stuffed inside of faux bananas. It was hidden inside boxes of real bananas from Ecuador, destined for Rotterdam. When the shipment made it its destination, the blow inside of the boxes was detected with a scanner. When all was said and done, 900 kilos of cocaine, worth €30 million (about $33.5 million) was discovered.
The police decided to let the container through, so they could find who the recipient was. The shipment was followed to a warehouse in Hoogvliet. Three men were busted as they opened the container: the 48-year-old owner of the transport company that collected the boxes and two other men (38 and 33 years old). All three will be brought before a magistrate on Wednesday.
The two incidents mentioned here involving bananas and cocaine aren’t the only ones. In July 2015, employees with online grocer Tesco in the UK found £1 million worth of cocaine in a box of bananas. Seems like the cops will be inspecting more banana shipments in the days to come.