Two-year investigation finds cocaine stuffed bananas were mistakenly delivered to Canadian grocers

The packages.
The packages. Photo credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Two grocers in British Columbia got more than they bargained for when they opened shipments of bananas to find blocks of cocaine.

On February 24 2019, a grocery store reported finding twelve large bricks of what they believed were illicit drugs in their bananas.

The packages weighed approximately one kilogram each.

A two-year investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has determined the cocaine was not supposed to be delivered to the grocery stores.

"The drug section of the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit worked collaboratively with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) to determine that these shipments originated in Colombia," Jeff Carroll of the Kelowna RCMP Drug Section said in a statement. 

"Our investigation leads us to believe these illicit drugs were not meant to end up in the Central Okanagan, and arrived here in the Okanagan Valley as a result of a missed pickup at some point along the way."

Had the boxes been delivered to the right place, it could have flooded the drug market with 800,000 doses of cocaine.