80kg cocaine found in supermarket

Drugs found when staff opened boxes that were supposed to contain South American bananas

3 April 2015

ALMOST 80kg of cocaine was found at a supermarket in Seine-Saint-Denis, hidden inside boxes that were supposed to contain bananas, police have said.

Bosses at a branch of Auchan in Epinay-sur-Seine called police after staff found the drugs when they opened the boxes yesterday morning.

The bananas came from South America, police said.

The latest seizure comes a matter of days after customs officials at Nice airport discovered 21kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of €1.3million hidden inside luggage.

The stash was placed in a suitcase that had been fraudulently labelled with the name of a tourist travelling from the Dominican Republic

Last year, authorities in France seized a total of six tonnes of cocaine.

Photo: Steve Hopson

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