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Police in South Africa's Port Elizabeth discover cocaine hidden in banana fridge

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 11, 2019
Port Elizabeth harbour South Africa
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This weekend, over €5,1 mln in cocaine was discovered behind the panels from a banana fridge inside a shipping container, police have said.

Topics: South Africa Port Elizabeth cocaine banana

The drugs were discovered on a vessel from Ecuador during an intelligence-driven, multi integrated operation by the Ports of Entry team.

Two containers on board the vessel were suspected of containing narcotics, said lieutenant colonel Katlego Mogale on Monday night: "The suspected containers were on board a vessel that had docked in Port Elizabeth at the Ngqura Port.

"The team, which included Customs Investigations, the K9 unit and SAPS Border Police, were duly activated and the process initiated to trace and secure the two containers.”

"The inter-agency teams worked together and ensured that the targeted containers were removed to the container depot and upon opening the containers it was found that the contents were bananas as described on the bill of loading. The bill also indicated that the container was destined for Cape Town.”

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