Nearly $18M Seized In Donated Boxes Of Bananas

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FREEPORT, Texas (CBS) —  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) found something unexpected in two pallets comprised of 45 boxes of bananas that were donated at the Ports of America in Freeport:  Nearly $18 million worth of cocaine.

The bananas had been donated to the TDCJ because they were too ripe, the TDCJ said in a Facebook post.  Two sergeants from the Scott Unit were loading up the bananas when they noticed one of the boxes felt different.

Under the bananas, they found a bundle of a white powdery substance, which U.S. Customs agents confirmed was cocaine.

They searched all 45 boxes and found 540 packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $17,820,000.

U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement are investigating.