Cocaine found among bananas in ALDI Markt, Germany

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The latest haul of cocaine was found in packages of bananas in six branches of Aldi in Rostock, and an Aldi logistics center in Jarmen.

A record haul of cocaine has been discovered in crates of bananas at supermarkets in northern Germany. The cocaine — amounting to hundreds of kilograms — was found on Wednesday in banana crates in six branches of the Aldi supermarket in the northern city of Rostock, and at an Aldi logistics center in Jarmen. The drugs are believed to have originated in Latin America, Harald Nowack, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Rostock, said. “The packages were temporarily secured and subsequently separated from the remaining contents (bananas),” he said.


Large hauls of cocaine were found at Rostock port in 1992 and 2005.

“We don’t have the final quantity yet, because we simply haven’t been able to evaluate it yet, because of the quantity,” he said. State police confirmed, however, that the quantity ran into the “three-figure kilogram region,” and early reports indicate that the haul could be worth in the region of €25 million ($28 million). Nowack refused to offer further details on the grounds of the investigation, but noted that police are trying to find out the origins of the drugs and their intended destination.