Police officers have made a shocking find inside a box of donated bananas.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice received a donation of two pallets containing 45 boxes of bananas from the Ports of America in Texas, US.
However, the sergeants soon discovered a hidden stash of cocaine worth $24 million inside the shipment.
The bananas were donated because they were already ripe.
Two sergeants from the Scott Unit collected the boxes, but became suspicious as one of the boxes felt different.
“This morning, TDCJ was donated 2 pallets of bananas, 45 boxes, from Ports of America in Freeport,” the Texas Department of Criminal Justice posted on its Facebook page.
“Two sergeants of the Scott Unit arrived to pick them up, and discovered something not quite right.
“Inside, under a bundle of bananas, he found another bundle! Inside that? What appeared to be a white powdery substance.”
The sergeants immediately notified port authorities.
“U.S. Customs arrived on the scene, and the substance tested positive for cocaine,” the TCDJ wrote.
“Customs agents then searched each box on the two pallets, and they were all ripe and loaded.
“Once all 45 boxes had been emptied, what was left was quite the cache.
“With an instinct that something just wasn’t quite right, our guys uncovered 540 packages of cocaine within the shipment, with an estimated street value of $17,820,000! (AU$24,472,733).”
The Drug Enforcement Administration and US Customs and Border Protection are both continuing their investigations.