Workers at Norway’s fruit and produce importer Bama in Oslo found another stash of cocaine hidden within crates of bananas this summer. It’s the latest bungled smuggling attempt that has brought the size of cocaine seizures up to more than two tons so far this year.
News bureau NTB reported that the seizure last month amounted to around 600 kilos of cocaine. Oslo police attached a street value to it equal to several hundred million kroner.
Police thought after earlier seizures in March and April that the cocaine was mistakenly sent from South America to Norway, speculating that it was instead bound for other European cities. Now there’s some doubt, given the latest discovery of cocaine in an “ordinary” container otherwise full of bananas.
Cocaine use among affluent young Norwegians has increased this year, with media reports indicating it’s become more common at parties and the russ celebrations for high school graduates.