Cocaine worth $18M is discovered inside shipment of bananas donated to Texas prison system
- Two pallets of bananas were donated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because the shipment hadn’t been claimed and the fruit was already ripe
- Sergeants discovered the white powder after noticing a box that didn’t feel right
- 540 packages of cocaine were found across the 45 boxes of bananas
- US Customs and DEA agents are investigating where the cocaine came from and who the shipment was meant for
Nearly $18million-worth of cocaine was found in a shipment of bananas donated to the Texas prison system.
Ports of America in Freeport offered two pallets of the bananas to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because the shipment hadn’t been claimed and the fruit was already ripe.
Two sergeants with the Wayne Scott Unit – a prison facility south of Houston – were unloading the bananas when they noticed one box that felt heavier than the others.
Upon opening the box, the officers found a bundle of white powder hidden beneath the bunches of bananas.
Two prison guards discovered $18million-worth of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of bananas donated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The two pallets of bananas were delivered to the TDCJ because they hadn’t been claimed at Ports of America in Freeport and the fruit had already ripened, officials say
A thorough search of all 45 boxes in the shipment unearthed a shocking 540 packages of the powder, which US Customs agents confirmed was cocaine.
The street value for that quantity is estimated at some $17,820,000.
US Customs and DEA agents are investigating the incident to determine where the cocaine came from and who the shipment was meant for.
The TDCJ posted about the shocking discovery on its Facebook page, writing: ‘Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!’
What a find by the boys in grey!
The sergeants came across the cocaine after noticing one box was heavier than the others
Across all 45 boxes of bananas, officials found 540 packages of cocaine. They are currently investigating where the drugs came from and who the shipment was intended for