Nearly $18M in cocaine seized in donated boxes of bananas

Cocaine hidden in banana boxes

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) found something unexpected in 2 pallets comprised of 45 boxes of bananas that were donated at the Ports of America in Freeport: Nearly $18 million worth of cocaine.

The bananas had been donated to the TDCJ because they were too ripe, the TDCJ said in a Facebook post. Two sergeants from the Scott Unit were loading up the bananas when they noticed one of the boxes felt different.

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Cocaine found in boxes in bananas at  Ports of America in Freeport, Texas. Facebook / Texas Department of Corrections

Under the bananas, they found a bundle of a white powdery substance, which U.S. Customs agents confirmed was cocaine.

They searched all 45 boxes and found 540 packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $17,820,000.

U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement are investigating.