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Police Found 800 Pounds of Cocaine Hidden in a Banana Shipment

More than constructing giant catapults or using underwater tunnels, drug traffickers often try to get their product across borders using produce. After being known to shove the stuff inside pumpkins, pineapples, fake carrots, and limes, some smugglers recently tried (unsuccessfully) to use bananas to get the job done, the Associated Press reports.

Over the weekend, German police found 847 pounds of coke inside a banana shipment from Ecuador that ended up in a warehouse outside of Cologne. Although the coke wasn't hidden inside the actual fruit, cops found hundreds of packages of the stuff hidden throughout 26 crates, along with a GPS tracker authorities believe was being used to track the shipment.

Weirdly enough, this isn't the first time smugglers have tried to use bananas to sneak coke into a country. Just last month, police in Spain found 15 pounds of coke shoved into more than 50 fake bananas, the AP reports. It's not clear if that shipment was also from Ecuador, but it resulted in the arrest of two Spanish men and one Italian thought to have ties with a criminal organization. 

This month's banana-blow shipment almost usurped the record 851 pounds of cocaine cops found in Berlin in 2014, which had been placed in banana shipments from Colombia. That stash ended up at local supermarkets across the city and was the most coke authorities had ever discovered in the German capital.

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Smugglers Tried to Fool Border Patrol Agents with Weed Disguised as Limes

US Customs and Border Patrol agents on the Texas-Mexico border intercepted a shipment of almost 4,000 pounds of marijuana last Monday. But this weed wasn't packed inside garbage bags or separated in bricks—it was ingeniously packaged to look like 34,000 key limes stashed inside a commercial shipment, CNN reports.

"This is an outstanding interception of narcotics," Port director Efrain Solis Jr. said in a statement. "Our CBP officers continue to excel in their knowledge of smuggling techniques which allows them to intercept these kinds of attempts to introduce narcotics into our country."

Border Patrol agents noticed there was something amiss about the tractor-trailer hauling the "fruit," and ordered it to be inspected a second time. An imaging inspection system and a K-9 team rooted out the problem during that second inspection. US Customs officials value the shipment at around $789,467, which is a very specific dollar amount for a bunch of weed disguised as limes.

Despite the claim that smuggling marijuana is easy, apparently the government doesn't fall for the old lime trick anymore. Add that to the list of drug-smuggling schemes to avoid, along with disguising pot to look like deformed carrots or just shoving it inside a suitcase and hoping no one notices.