Colombian authorities seized a shipment of about 20,000 coconuts containing liquid cocaine that was about to be transported to Europe, informed the Attorney General’s Office.
“A container that was about to leave the port of Cartagena, department of Bolivar on its way to Genoa (Italy), was intercepted by anti-narcotics personnel, who found 504 canvas sacks containing 19,780 export-type coconuts,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a press release.
The agency reported that during the inspection, it was established that the water of the tropical fruit had been exchanged for liquid cocaine.
“The coconuts were transferred to a specialized laboratory to establish the exact quantity of the drug,” said María Elena Monsalve, the specialized director against drug trafficking of the Attorney General’s Office, in a video released to the press.
No arrests were made during the procedure, so the Colombian authorities will try to work together with the Italian authorities to identify the responsible for the shipment.
The Colombian agency indicated that it obtained a warrant issued by a supervisory judge to legalize the procedure in which the discovery was made and the investigations are continuing to establish the exact point where the shipment of almost 20,000 coconuts was made and to identify those responsible for it.
It is not the first time that drug trafficking networks use fruits to traffic cocaine. In 2017, Spanish authorities found a shipment of coconuts containing liquid cocaine from Colombia.
Another drug seizure made by Colombian authorities occurred last January 25, when the Police Anti-Narcotics unit together with canine ‘Pinky’ detected 1,334 kilos of marijuana inside a public parking lot in the department of Valle del Cauca.
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