The North Macedonian police have discovered 1 kilo of cocaine in a Derby banana shipment. The brand's owner, Slovenian company Rastoder said it was the target of a criminal cartel.
According to media reports, the shipment, packed in Derby boxes, arrived from South America and was destined for Italy.The bananas arrived from South America to Montenegro on a ship, after which part of the shipment was transported via Albania and North Macedonia. The drugs hidden among the bananas were allegedly destined to be sold in North Macedonia.
The Macedonian police said that the bust dismantled an important smuggling route by which about 1.3 tonnes of cocaine had been smuggled to western Europe.
Rastoder issued a statement saying that the suspects apprehended were not linked to the company. It added that accessible data showed Rastoder was not subject of police investigation. The company said that criminal rings were obviously abusing supply channels from South America for their criminal activity.