Nearly $18 million in cocaine found in bananas in Texas

September 24, 2018

Nearly $18 million in cocaine found in bananas in Texas

FREEPORT, Texas — A slippery plot involving bananas has been exposed.

Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice say nearly $18 million in cocaine was found hidden in boxes of bananas that had been donated to the agency.

According to the TDCJ, 45 boxes of bananas on two pallets were offered to the department by the Ports of America in Freeport, located on the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, because they were unclaimed and were already becoming ripe.

Two sergeants sent to pick up the bananas noticed one of the boxes felt different from the others and decided to check inside. Under the bananas they found a bundle of white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Customs agents were called in and searched the remaining boxes, finding 540 packages of cocaine with an estimated value of $17.8 million.

“Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!” the TDCJ says in a news release.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are investigating.

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