BANANAS DO­NATED TO JAIL CON­TAIN $18M IN CO­CAINE

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Au­thor­i­ties say bananas do­nated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 mil­lion worth of co­caine hid­den in­side the boxes.

The Texas Depart­ment of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice says in a Face­book post that the drugs were found in two pal­lets of bananas that were do­nated be­cause they were al­ready ripe.

The dona­tion ar­rived Fri­day. The depart­ment says sergeants who picked up the boxes found a bun­dle of a white pow­dery sub­stance un­der the bananas. U.S. cus­toms of­fi­cials were called to the scene, and au­thor­i­ties say 540 pack­ages of co­caine were found in 45 boxes of bananas.

The depart­ment says fed­eral of­fi­cials and the U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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