$17m worth of cocaine found in banana boxes donated to Texas prison

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A pair of prison guards in Texas on Sunday uncovered what appears to be monkey business when they spotted $17.8 million of cocaine hidden inside boxes of bananas donated to Texas prisoners.

It happened when two sergeants at the Scott Unit set out on Friday morning to pick up two pallets of already-ripe fruit – 45 banana-filled boxes – from the Ports of America in Freeport. When they arrived to grab up their load, they found one of the boxes felt different from the rest.

One of the sergeants reportedly snipped away the straps and rummaged around until he uncovered a bundle hidden under the bananas. Inside, was a white powdery substance.

U.S. Customs showed up to help, and positively identified the substance as cocaine.

After scouring all the boxes, agents found a total of 540 packages of coke, with an estimated street value of nearly $18 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, and Customs and Border Protection are both investigating, according to a prison press release. But, it appears, the perpetrator has already split.

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