Germany finds 265 pounds of cocaine among bananas

Box of bananas (AP Photos)

April 25, 2014 2:42:52 AM PDT
German police say they have seized 265 pounds (120 kilograms) of cocaine hidden among crates of bananas in a container shipped from Ecuador - their second big find of cocaine from South America this year.

The Federal Criminal Police Office said Friday the drugs were stuffed into travel bags hidden among the boxes of fruit. They were found April 14 when officials checked over 20 containers that arrived in the North Sea port of Bremerhaven.

In January, workers at Berlin supermarkets found 309 pounds (140 kilograms) of cocaine packed into crates of bananas that had been shipped from Colombia via the German port of Hamburg.

Police office chief Joerg Ziercke says his agency is participating in multinational projects in Peru to curb cocaine smuggling and plans similar efforts in Ecuador.