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Authorities discover $56 million worth of cocaine at Coke plant

September 1, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities discover $56 million worth of cocaine at Coke plant

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Employees at a Coca-Cola factory in France smelled a shady load of the product, which ultimately turned out to be hundreds of kilos of cocaine.

According to the New York Times, authorities in southern France uncovered a drug-smuggling operation with a French connection, after workers at a Coca-Cola factory discovered a huge cache of the white powder.

Workers found the coke hidden inside containers originating from South America, concealed in a shipping package carrying orange juice imported from Costa Rica, according to a company spokesman.

Authorities believe the 870 kilos of cocaine has an estimated street value worth approximately $55 million, making it one of the biggest drug bust ever made on French soil.

Investigators are now hoping to solve the case in Signes, where the plant also manufactures concentrates for several soft drinks.

“The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved,” the regional president of Coca-Cola, Jean-Denis Malgras, told news site Var-Matin.

Coca leaves were reportedly first used to make the original Coca-Cola formula back in the 19th century, although the company maintains that cocaine has never been an “added ingredient.”

Hints of cocaine were removed from the popular soft drink in the 1920s.

The humor of cocaine discovered in a Coke plant was not lost on social media. One person Tweeted: “Has Coca-Cola’s secret ingredient finally been revealed?”

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