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Cocaine in 2019 banana shipments likely 'not meant' for Okanagan grocers: RCMP

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 11:37 am PDT

It's been two years since a pair of Okanagan grocers found cocaine in their banana shipments but Mounties now say it's likely they weren't the intended recipients. (Courtesy Kelowna RCMP)

Mounties say a pair of banana shipments containing cocaine in 2019 were likely not meant for two Okanagan grocers

Kelowna, West Kelowna stores reported receiving drugs in shipments of bananas in February 2019

RCMP says shipments originated in Columbia

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – It’s been close to two years since it happened, but we’re learning more about a pair of banana shipments to a couple Okanagan grocery stores that ended up having more than just fruit in them.

In February 2019, a Kelowna store found 12 large bricks of cocaine in their delivery of bananas. The packages, which weighed about a kilogram each, were reported to the RCMP.

The same day the discovery was made in Kelowna, West Kelowna Mounties received a call from a different grocer who had also uncovered what they suspected to be drugs in their banana shipment.

Officers eventually seized an additional nine packages, which were also confirmed to be cocaine.

Mounties say they and the Canada Border Service Agency have determined the shipments were from Columbia, and likely weren’t meant for these stores.

“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,” said Cpl. Jeff Carroll of the Kelowna RCMP Drug Section.

The RCMP says there was enough cocaine for every resident in Kelowna to receive nearly six doses each.