- Canadian grocers received surprising shipments of bananas filled with cocaine.
- Police found that trafficking landed them in stores.
- The cocaine bricks were large enough for everyone in town to arrive to receive six doses.
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Two grocers in British Columbia, Canada, were surprised in February 2019 when they opened shipments of bananas to find blocks of cocaine, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
After nearly two years of investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police determined that the boxes that arrived at the two stores were not intended to be delivered there, a police statement said.
The Kelowna Street Enforcement Division̵ Cpl. Jeff Carroll of the drug department in Kelowna RCMP said in a statement.
Our investigation leads us to believe that these illicit drugs were not destined to end up in Central Okananagan and arrived here in the Okananagan Valley as a result of a missed pickup truck at some point along the way.
The shipments originated in Colombia, but probably landed in the city of Kelowna due to confusion, police said.
If the boxes had not been intercepted by the confused grocers, it could have introduced 800,000 doses of cocaine into the drug market, police said.
“This is enough smuggling for every resident of Kelowna to receive nearly 6 doses each,” police said. “These two seizures in the southern interior of BC undoubtedly saved precious lives throughout Canada.”