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Authorities intercept nearly 1,000 pounds of cocaine hiiden in shipment of bananas destined for Germany

April 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities intercept nearly 1,000 pounds of cocaine hiiden in shipment of bananas destined for Germany

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Roughly 850 pounds of cocaine was seized in banana shipments being transported from Ecuador to Germany.

Law enforcement officials in Germany said 26 boxes of bananas originating from Ecuador, approximately 847 pounds of blow, was located by an employee working for the German retailer ‘Leverkusen.’

German police reported that the drugs were discovered concealed in one-kilogram bags inside the cases, and authorities even recovered a GPS device which they allege was placed by the cartels to locate the cocaine once they reached Hamburg, German press reported.

Drug smugglers use Equador as a major trafficking hub often hiding their illegal product inside commercial shipping containers bound for overseas destinations.

Although authorities are still determining the street value of the drug shipment, a gram of coke in Europe cost roughly $91 Euros, which equates to $96 U.S. dollars.

In July 2016, Mexican Marines intercepted a massive cocaine haul hidden inside containers of salsa in the state of Colima

Last year, Spanish authorities arrested two men attempting to smuggle 2,000 pounds of cocaine inside a shipment of real and fake bananas.

Two months ago, U.S. Border Patrol agents confiscated close to $6 million in cocaine after smugglers tried to cross into the U.S. with the shipment in an area that is mainly operated by the Los Zetas Cartel.

In July 2016,  the Sinaloa Cartel tried to transport a multi-million dollar shipment of cocaine from Ecuador to Mexico by smuggling the drug inside containers packed with salsa.

Mexican Marines intercepted 217 salsa containers each containing 132 pounds of white powder in the Pacific Coast state of Colima.

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