Over $1 million worth of cocaine discovered in boxes of bananas at 3 grocery stores


Bricks of cocaine worth more than $1 million were found hidden in banana shipments delivered to three grocery stores in Washington state, according to authorities.

The illegal drugs were discovered at Safeway stores in Woodinville, Bellingham and Federal Way on Sunday.

According to Sgt. Ryan Abbott with the King County Sheriff’s Office, produce staffers at the Woodinville store were putting the bananas out on the sales floor when they saw something unusual.

“One of the boxes had brown paper in it, which caught their attention and then they looked further and found these bricks,” Abbott said. “They called the police and we went out there and it ended up being 22 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $550,000.”
They found nearly 50 pounds of cocaine.
The drugs were surrounded by regular boxes of bananas, which were stuck together for shipment, the sheriff’s office said.
“We’re still trying to determine where it all came from. That’s under investigation. We do know it was all shipped from a central warehouse, but we don’t know where it originated yet, so that’s a work in progress,” Abbott said.
Meanwhile, 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) of cocaine were also discovered in a box of bananas at a Bellingham Safeway store, Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy told CNN affiliate KOMO.
“I know that Safeway has been great and they went through every single box in their warehouse and all of their stores just to make sure there’s no other issues,” Abbott said.
He added that he’s never heard of anything like this before, especially not at more than one store on the same day.
“We see cocaine out here, but we don’t see this large amounts and we don’t see it in Safeway and we don’t see it in banana boxes,” he continued.
However, it’s actually not the first time cocaine were smuggled into the country using bananas.
In April this year, German authorities discovered hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, worth around €25 million ($28 million), that had been shipped to Aldi stores.
In 2018, Texas authorities found $18 million worth of cocaine hidden in bananas that had been donated to the Texas Department of Corrections.
Source: CNN

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