In an unprecedented drug bust in the region, an approximate €500 million (US$ 650 million) cocaine seize has been made at the Belgian Port of Antwerp. On the plus side, because of this seizure, some animals will be well fed.
While those involved in the drug trafficking are probably not happy, this bust has made for some happy monkeys who will be the recipients of tons of bananas that were used as a cover for the cocaine.
Over 8,000 kilos (eight tons) of cocaine were found stashed within a large banana shipment that originated from Ecuador, according to Dutch News. Officials are saying this is one of the biggest seizes ever to be made in Europe and the largest in The Netherlands or Belgium.
The bananas that served as the cover for the stash have now been donated to the Blijdorp zoo; a total of 20,000 kilos of bananas were given to the Rotterdam-based zoo for the monkeys and other animals, reported Time.
So far, five arrests have been made in connection with this drug bust, which include a 46-year-old Belgian truck driver and four Dutch citizens, Port Technology reported. It is also believed a Customs Officer from Antwerp may have assisted.
The drugs were seized last week and officials say the investigation is ongoing.
“The police investigation is now focusing on the final destination for the drugs and the financing,” Dutch News said, citing information given by prosecutors.
In 2010, bananas/fruit had served as the cover for cocaine that was shipped from Ecuador to Russia which had been intercepted by authorities.