Friday, August 26, 2016

370kg of cocaine worth €50m found in French Coca-Cola factory

Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in Signes, southern France, have found 370kg (815 pounds) of cocaine in a shipping container. The drugs have a market value of around €50 million.

The stash, found on Thursday, was concealed among orange juice concentrate in a container shipped from Costa Rica.
The discovery in Signes represents one of the largest drug hauls in mainland France. The Coca-Cola factory in Signes produces concentrates for the company’s various drinks. In March, 375kg of cocaine was also found in a shipping container in the port of Le Havre.

In a seizure off the coast of Martinique last year, French customs officers uncovered a national record of 2.2 tonnes of cocaine from a sailboat. Coca leaves were reportedly used in the original Coca-Cola formulation, created in 1886 by US pharmacist John Pemberton.