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Forbidden fruit: Australian police seize half a tonne of cocaine hidden in banana pulp – The Guardian

Police allege Mark De Hesselle collected 139 boxes of the pulp and searched through them to remove the drug



A Sydney man is facing life in prison after federal police intercepted cocaine worth $248m concealed in frozen fruit products from Brazil.
AFP and Border Force officers seized 552kg of the drug hidden in pallets of banana pulp and branded with koala pictures in Sydney on Friday.
They also arrested a 68-year-old man at Forestville, in the citys north-west, following a tip-off from US authorities about the shipment, which arrived in Australia on 21 September.
Police allege Mark De Hesselle c…

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