Cocaine worth $18M was found hidden in boxes of bananas donated to a Texas prison, authorities said.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation arrived Friday.
The department said sergeants who picked up the boxes found a bundle of a white powdery substance under the bananas. U.S. customs officials were called to the scene, and authorities said 540 packages of cocaine were found in 45 boxes of bananas.
The department said federal officials and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are investigating.
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