$6 Million Worth Of Drugs Found In Berlin Supermarket
Grocery store employees in Berlin got an unexpected surprise when they opened up containers that were supposed to be filled with bananas only to find them filled with drugs instead.
Boxes filled with bananas and cocaine were delivered to five Berlin supermarkets in what police on Tuesday called a “logistical error” by drug smugglers.
Supermarket staff discovered the containers with a total of 140 kg of cocaine on Monday shortly before the fruit went on sale to the public, police and customs investigators said.
It was the largest discovery of cocaine in Germany’s capital in about 15 years and has an estimated black market value of 6 million euros, according to police.
“We were of course surprised,” senior police officer Olaf Schremm, who heads the local drug investigation department, told reporters. “I don’t know where the mistake was in the perpetrators’ delivery chain.”
The banana cartons, part of a consignment of 1,134 boxes, were brought by ship from Colombia to Hamburg and delivered to a fruit wholesaler in Berlin. Cocaine was found in seven of them, Schremm said.
The boxes were eventually delivered to five supermarkets in the Berlin area, but investigators said the intended destination of the cocaine was unclear.