Cocaine worth $18 million found in bananas given to Texas prison

The cocaine found in the shipment of bananas

The bananas had been donated to the TDCJ because they were too ripe, the TDCJ said in a Facebook post.

Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have almost $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.

In a tweet on Friday, TDCJ officials wrote, "2 sergeants from the Scott Unit alerted Customs when they found a white powder in a donated box of bananas in Freeport this morning". The donation came from Port of America in Freeport, Texas, according to the department, though it's unclear who or when the cocaine entered the shipment.

A thorough search of all 45 boxes in the shipment unearthed a shocking 540 packages of the powder, which US Customs agents confirmed was cocaine.

"Inside, under a bundle of bananas, he found another bundle!"

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"Sometimes, life gives you lemons", begins the Facebook post from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!"

'What a find by the boys in grey!'

Officials estimated the value of the 540 cocaine bundles at $17,830,000.

U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement are investigating.

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