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Portugal: huge cocaine shipment found in boxes of supermarket bananas

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Portugal: huge cocaine shipment found in boxes of supermarket bananas

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Portuguese police have seized 237 kilograms of cocaine inside shipments of bananas from Colombia.

The boxes of fruit had been delivered to a warehouse in the north of the country and then distributed seven branches of the German supermarket chain Lidl.

Portuguese media reported that the police were alerted by a customer who found packages of drugs inside a box of bananas on a supermarket shelf.

Fernando Xavier of Portugal’s Criminal Investigation Department told reporters: “To have an idea of 237 kilos, we can say basically that in the market this is two and a half million doses, worth 11 million euros.”

Portuguese police said they would work with other countries to find the “criminal organisation” responsible for the illegal shipment.