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20,000 coconuts filled with liquid cocaine headed for Europe

POLICE seized nearly 20,000 coconuts filled with liquid coke.

They were discovered in bags on a container at the Colombian port of Cartagena, ready to be shipped to Genoa, Italy.

Anti-narcotics personnel found and confiscated 504 bags containing 19,780 export-type coconuts.

The huge haul was seized in Colombia
The huge haul was seized in ColombiaCredit: Newsflash
The 504 canvas bags where liquid cocaine was dound inside 19,780 coconuts
The 504 canvas bags where liquid cocaine was dound inside 19,780 coconutsCredit: Newsflash

When the narcotics team inspected the coconuts, they discovered the water in the tropical fruit had been switched out with liquid cocaine. They then transported the coconuts to a laboratory to determine the exact amount of the drug.

Liquid cocaine is made by dissolving the powder using water or other solvents and can later be converted back into a powder form. Cocaine is harder to detect in its liquid form than in its powder form.

The Colombian authorities said they will continue investigating where the coconuts were loaded in the hopes of identifying those responsible.

They also plan to contact the Italian authorities to find out who was meant to receive the trafficked drugs.

No arrests have been made.

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