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German police finds 190kg of cocaine hidden in banana crates

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Police in Germany have discovered around 190 kilogrammes of cocaine hidden in banana crates in the western city of Hildesheim.

The State Criminal Police Office in the German state of Lower Saxony said on Friday the drugs have an estimated street value of around six million euros ($6.5 million).

The raid took place in mid-April and targeted an international drug trafficking effort.

Workers at the Hildesheim fruit business reportedly noticed unusual packages in a banana box while inspecting a large shipment of bananas prepared for a chain food retailer.

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Police officers and customs investigators in Hildesheim then spent three days searching several thousand boxes of bananas and discovered a total of 185 packages of cocaine.

According to the investigations, the banana shipment, which consisted of several containers, came from Colombia.

It had been imported via the port of Hamburg on a container ship in mid-April.

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