Record Cocaine Bust in Dominican Republic Hidden Among Bananas

BARRIO (ABC News) – Dominican anti-narcotics agents have seized more than 2 tonnes of cocaine stashed in a shipment of bananas in transit from Ecuador to the Netherlands.

“During an operation at the Caucedo terminal — which lasted just over 10 hours — the authorities confiscated 2,188 packages, presumably cocaine,” said a spokesman for the National Directorate for Drug Control of the Dominican Republic (DNCDRD).

Each package weighed about 1 kilogram.

It is considered the largest seizure ever in the Caribbean nation, where more than 5 tonnes of drugs have been seized so far in 2023.

The seizure was achieved through a “joint operation” based on intelligence work at the Caucedo terminal in Boca Chica, a town in Santo Domingo province, about 25 kilometres from the Dominican capital.

“In the presence of a prosecutor, a refrigerator-type container was opened, consigned with a load of bananas, where hundreds of cardboard boxes were found,” containing cocaine, the DNCDRD said in a press release.

A Colombian citizen has reportedly been detained for questioning in relation to the seizure.

The container had come from Ecuador and had “Rotterdam, the Netherlands” as its final destination, the spokesman added.

Smuggling illicit drugs in fruit shipments is not uncommon. Norwegian police on March 30 reported the seizure of some 800 kilos of cocaine in Oslo, hidden in a shipment of bananas.

(Posted April 2, 2023)

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