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Photographs released by Canadian police of cocaine hidden in bananas

Photographs released by Canadian police of cocaine hidden in bananas

Photographs released by Canadian police of cocaine hidden in bananas

Cops in Canada are investigating the discovery of “bricks” of cocaine that were discovered hidden in boxes of bananas by confused green grocers. 

A local store owner in Kelowna, a small town in Central Okanagan, British Columbia province, alerted authorities after finding 12 packages of what appeared to be cocaine among a banana shipment on February 24, 2019.

The packages were seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for further investigation into their origins and intended destination.

Later that day, a second grocery shop owner contacted RCMP saying they had also discovered what they believed was a haul of the Class-A drug.

Officers confiscated an additional nine individually wrapped bundles.

When the bricks were analysed they were found to contain cocaine, the RCMP confirmed.

The Kelowna RCMP's drug section worked with the Canada Border Service Agency to determine if the shipments came from Colombia, Mounties said.

"Our investigation leads us to believe these illicit drugs were not meant to end up in the Central Okanagan, and arrived here in the Okanagan Valley as a result of a missed pickup at some point along the way," said Cpl Jeff Carroll of the Kelowna RCMP's drug section in a statement.

According to the detachment, the amount of nearly pure cocaine contained in the shipments could have amounted to as many as 800,000 doses of crack cocaine once cut with other substances.

"That's enough contraband for every resident in the City of Kelowna to receive nearly six doses each," the RCMP said.

When asked why the information was only coming to light two years later, the RCMP said it took Mounties and CBSA "quite a while" to trace the shipments to their source country, and to look into whether the intended receiver was in the area.

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