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Dutch Customs officials have found 4.5 tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica after a tip-off by a company in the port of Vlissingen.

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Read more at DutchNews.nl:

The haul is one of the biggest ever made in the Netherlands and the drugs have a street value of some €180 million (US$195 million), officials said.

The authorities were alerted after the company found ‘irregularities’ while carrying out quality controls on the fruit.

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Bananas are often used by drug smugglers to hide their wares. Last October, customs officials at Vlissingen port found 1,008 kilos of cocaine hidden in a consignment of bananas from Ecuador. And five days before that, officials at Rotterdam port found 800 kilos of cocaine, also in a shipment of bananas from Ecuador.

Source DutchNews.nl

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