Cocaine haul unearthed in banana crates in Germany

7th January 2014, Comments 0 comments

About six million euros ($8.0 million) worth of cocaine hidden in crates of bananas transported to Germany from Colombia has been discovered at a supermarket, police said Tuesday.

The haul, unearthed Monday in Berlin and nearby Brandenburg state, amounts to 140 kilos (309 pounds) and is the second biggest cocaine seizure since 1978, police and customs officials said in a statement.

Employees at a discount food store in Berlin initially alerted police after finding suspicious packages in several boxes of bananas. "The packets were hidden among bananas," the statement said.

Further cocaine finds were also made at food wholesalers in three other Berlin districts and a town in Brandenburg, they said, without naming the businesses.

© 2014 AFP

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