116 Supermarket got Colombian cocaine instead of bananas

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Drug traffickers back in Colombia must be going bananas over how their shipment ended up at Danish supermarkets and not on the streets. Police say employees at the supermarket chain Coop got a big surprise when they opened banana boxes from the South American country and found about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of what police believe is cocaine.

The powder was discovered last week in Aarhus, western Denmark, when employees noticed that some of the boxes were heavier than others. Coop spokesman Jens Juul says more bags with white powder were found Wednesday in a separate shipment from Colombia at a central dispatch facility in suburban Copenhagen.

I – Word Understanding
Going bananas – to become very angry / crazy
Central dispatch facility – the place where distribution is done

II – Have your say
1. Hong Kong has no capital punishment for drug offenders unlike in mainland China, making the city a favored transit post for drug traffickers.
2. In 2010 the Japanese government health ministry estimated that 2.76 million Japanese (2.9 percent of the population) had used illegal drugs. Japan has the lowest levels of drug abuse in the developed world.
3. Medical marijuana or cannabis is effective for pain and depression.
Some countries consider legalizing its use.

116 Supermarket got Colombian cocaine instead of bananas

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