£24m coke haul in fake ba­nanas

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A FRUIT whole­saler work­ing for Colom­bian drug car­tels stored more than 100kg of high grade co­caine worth £24mil­lion in fake ba­nanas in his ware­house, a court heard.

David Mais, 50, had the ba­nanas de­liv­ered to his ware­house in Kent in July 2014.

They had been wrapped in a chem­i­cal film to put off snif­fer dogs and were lo­cated us­ing a ‘trea­sure map’ sent from Colom­bia.

The jury at South­wark Crown Court were told Mais worked with Colom­bian Daniel ValdesJaramillo to have co­caine shipped and de­liv­ered to the ware­house.

Jaramillo pleaded guilty to his part of con­spir­acy.

Mais, of Rochester, Kent, de­nies con­spir­acy to evade the pro­hi­bi­tion upon the im­por­ta­tion of a Class A drug.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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