A stash of cocaine worth £1million was found in a box of bananas by a stunned Tesco worker.
The employee was unpacking the produce when he discovered five bags, weighing 1kg each and containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.
It is most likely to have come from Costa Rica as the majority of the store’s bananas are imported from farms there and then transported to ‘distribution centres’ throughout the UK before being sent out to stores. Little did they know about what extra surprises they were distributing.
Drugs Found in Tesco Banana Box
Police were called to the superstore Wokingham superstore following its discovery. Thames Valley Police said: “We were called on 22 July to Tesco at Finchampstead Road, Wokingham to reports of packages being found in a consignment of fruit. They are believed to be class A drugs. Officers are investigating.”
The Mirror reported that experts said that if the drug was proved to be cocaine, each packet could have a street value of £250,000 depending on its purity.
The box with marked with red tape, most likely for it to be distinguished from the other containers by whomever was supposed to receive the drugs. One of the Mirror’s sources said: “The boxes of bananas were piled up in a metal cage and being unwrapped ready to put on the shelves. The young man spotted the box with the rep tape and decided to take a closer look.
“He opened the box and saw the packets underneath the bananas. He was understandably shocked. You don’t need to be a genius to know what it is.”
“Misery … had it ended up on the streets”
Another source added: “Staff are a bit worried as drug smugglers are desperate people. They could come looking for their cocaine.
“It’s terrible to think of the human misery this stuff would have caused if it had ended up on the streets.”
More than 250,000 boxes of bananas are imported by Tesco every week from the Americas, most of which originate from Costa Rica, where cocaine smuggling is prevalent.
Last year authorities seized more than 25 tons of the drug, a larger amount than from any other central American country.
At the time of writing, there is no other information available – so if turns out to be a mix up as the store cleaners could not find a more appropriate box to keep their Shake n’ Vac in – we can only apologise for adding to the commotion.