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  • 7 January 2014, 18:41

Cocaine found in banana crates at Aldi stores

Police have recovered 140kg of cocaine which had been shipped in banana crates by accident to Aldi supermarkets in Germany.

Workers at five stores around Berlin found the drug among packages of the fruit on Monday, in what is being called a "logistical mistake" by smugglers.

Stefan Redlich, a Berlin Police spokesman, said: "Employees of supermarkets in Berlin and Brandenburg found boxes that should have been filled with bananas but in the boxes had been more than 100kg (of) cocaine."

Police said the drugs, worth around £5m, came from Colombia. At the German port of Hamburg they were loaded onto trucks and sent to Berlin.

Mr Redlich†said the seizure is one of Berlin's biggest in almost 20 years.

"For Berlin this is the biggest drug find in the last 10 or 20 years. Usually you find such amounts only in the harbours like Hamburg. For Berlin this is extraordinary," he said.