From the Texas Department of Justice:
Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas.
And sometimes, it gives you something you’d never expect!
This morning, TDCJ was donated 2 pallets of bananas, 45 boxes, from Ports of America in Freeport. They were being donated due to already being ripe.
Two sergeants of the Scott Unit arrived to pick them up, and discovered something not quite right.
One of the boxes felt different than the others. They snipped the straps, pulled free the box, and opened it up. Inside, under a bundle of bananas, he found another bundle! Inside that? What appeared to be a white powdery substance. They immediately notified port authorities and awaited their instruction.
U.S. Customs arrived on the scene, and the substance tested positive for cocaine. Customs agents then searched each box on the two pallets, and they were all ripe and loaded. Once all 45 boxes had been emptied, what was left was quite the cache. With an instinct that something just wasn’t quite right, our guys uncovered 540 packages of cocaine within the shipment, with an estimated street value of $17,820,000!
What a find by the boys in grey!
Now, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are both continuing their investigation.
The photos below are from a press release from Texas Department of Justice