Shipment courier

Plan bananas: a shipment of cocaine worth 83 million dollars is delivered to supermarkets by mistake

Bumbling drug smugglers lost a cocaine shipment with a market value of over $83 million stashed in crates of bananas after being delivered to Czech supermarkets before it could be intercepted in Germany from Colombia.

The entire transport was eventually stopped by cops when supermarket workers at different stores across the country began to discover the powder-filled wrappers after opening the crates of bananas ready to fill the shelves.

Cops said they seized nearly 2,200 pounds of cocaine with a street value of around $83 million from cases of bananas reported to them by supermarket workers at various stores.

The footage, obtained from Czech police, shows a policeman and a sniffer dog inspecting a shipment of several crates of bananas, believed to have originated in Colombia.

Police carried out inspections after cubes of cocaine were found in banana crates in June 2022 in Jicin and Rychnov nad Kneznou in the Czech Republic. (@PolicieCZ/Zenger).

The drugs, delivered in blocks of pressed cocaine with a total weight of 1,851 pounds and a street value of around $83 million, had passed through the German port of Hamburg, the largest port in Europe after Rotterdam in the Netherlands, before arriving in the Czech Republic.

Employees of supermarkets in Prague, the Czech capital, and the towns of Jicin and Rychnov nad Kneznou then reportedly discovered the suspicious clumps of white powder before alerting authorities, who dispatched officers with canine units to investigate.

Police carried out inspections after cubes of cocaine were found in banana crates in June 2022 in Jicin and Rychnov nad Kneznou in the Czech Republic. (@PolicieCZ/Zenger).

Czech police said in a statement on Friday June 10 that they had discovered cocaine cubes squeezed into banana boxes. They said: “Squeezed cubes of cocaine, in banana boxes, were found this afternoon by supermarket workers in Jicin and Rychnov nad Kneznou.

“Criminal investigators found that goods from the same batch had been distributed in several other places in the Czech Republic.

“Therefore, in collaboration with the [Customs Administration of the Czech Republic] and other entities, it is currently carrying out inspections of these places and other actions.

Czech police added that they are now seeking to work with international authorities to further their investigation. They said: “Information about shipments is kept outside the territory of the Czech Republic, therefore we will use the Institute for International Police and Judicial Cooperation.

Cocaine cubes found in banana crates in June 2022 in Jicin and Rychnov nad Kneznou in the Czech Republic. (@PolicieCZ/Zenger)

“The case has been taken over by the National Center for Drug Control, which will lead the investigation. We will provide more information as soon as possible.

The investigation into the shipment of drugs concealed in banana crates is currently ongoing.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in its latest report, released in 2021, that “Cocaine manufacture reached record levels in 2019 despite slowing growth. Global production of cocaine doubled between 2014 and 2019 to reach approximately 1,784 tonnes (expressed at 100% purity) in 2019, the highest level ever recorded.

UNODC added: “In 2019, Colombia continued to represent the vast majority of the world’s area under coca bush (two thirds) […]”.

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