Loaders working in the distribution center of the Albert retail chain located in Kletsany, near Prague, made a surprising discovery of 646 kilograms of cocaine, according to a report by TN Nova. The National Drug Control Center’s spokesperson, Lucija Šmoldasova, shared the details.
Cocaine Concealed: Banana Shipment Unveils Massive Drug Haul
During the unloading of pallets containing biobananas, employees at the Albert retail chain’s distribution center detected suspicious packages, leading them to contact the police. A subsequent inspection revealed that these packages contained around 646 kilograms of cocaine. Lucija Šmoldasova highlighted these findings.
The cocaine-laden bananas entered the Czech Republic from Ecuador via Amsterdam, representing one of the largest drug shipments ever intercepted in the country.
The estimated market value of this cocaine haul is approximately 2 billion Czech crowns (equivalent to $90 million). Lucija Šmoldasova added that in the Czech Republic, one gram of cocaine costs 3,000 crowns ($136).
In a similar incident in late June, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) discovered cocaine concealed within bananas in St. Petersburg. The seized shipment amounted to 50 kilograms of cocaine with a value of 450 million rubles. The FCS reported that the cargo was supposed to travel from African countries, transit through Europe, and ultimately reach Uzbekistan via various sea vessels. The detection took place through customs officers’ scanning of containers using an inspection and screening complex, as per the FCS statement.