Switzerland: 140 kilograms of cocaine found in Coop banana boxes

Cocaine weighing an estimated 140 kilograms was found in several banana boxes at Coop supermarkets across Switzerland.

Switzerland: 140 kilograms of cocaine found in Coop banana boxes
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The cocaine was found in banana boxes in several branches of the supermarket chain in the cantons of St. Gallen, Glarus, Graubünden and Ticino.

As reported in Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes, at least 50 kilograms was found in one Coop location in Haag, St Gallen. 

The drugs were first found in one banana box which had arrived from Amsterdam, after which Coop outlets across Switzerland were told to check all of their banana deliveries. 

The cocaine was not hidden in the bananas themselves, but was placed in the boxes – along with notes for how to find it. 

The Federal Prosecutor's Office told 20 Minutes that the boxes had arrived from the Netherlands and the cocaine was expected to have arrived via ship from South America. 

The estimated street value of the drugs is several million francs. 

This is not the first such example in Europe. As reported by The Local in 2019, around 500 kilograms of cocaine was found in banana boxes in northern Germany. 

The boxes were delivered to several branches of the German supermarket Aldi. 


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Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich ‘is vaccine commission chief’

A Swiss man briefly abducted last month by a German, before his kidnapper was shot dead by police near Zurich, is the head of Switzerland's federal vaccination commission, local media reported Saturday. 

Swiss man kidnapped in Zurich 'is vaccine commission chief'

The information gives a completely different twist on the case. 

The 38-year-old German had been wanted since March 31 by the authorities after abducting a man in the canton of Zurich. 

The police did not communicate about the case until the German was shot dead this week, and did not give the identity of the abductee. 

But according to several Swiss media outlets, including the Tagesanzeiger daily and the website, the victim of the abduction is the head of the Federal Commission for Vaccinations (CFV). 

The motive for the abduction remains unclear. 

According to the Swiss online news site Watson, the German abductor had been in close contact with conspiracy theorists. 

He was killed on Wednesday night when police tried to arrest him. 

Before being shot and killed he pulled out a gun and killed a 28-year-old woman, believed to be his girlfriend, according to police. 

According to the Swiss news agency ATS, a 34-year-old Swiss man was arrested on Thursday and is believed to be linked to the abduction.