€50M Worth Of Cocaine Discovered At Coca-Cola Plant In France

Cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million euros (£42m) has been discovered at a Coca-Cola plant in France.

The drugs report has it was hidden in bags amongst a delivery of orange juice concentrate which arrived in the country from South Africa.

The prosecutor of Toulon, Xavier Tarabeux, said the delivery “has a street value of 50 million euros” and referred to it as “a very bad surprise”. Employees at the Coca-Cola plant have been ruled out of any involvement as investigators attempt to trace the origin of the drug.

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“The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved,” Jean-Denis Malgras, the regional president of Coca-Cola, told local news website Var-Matin. The original Coca-Cola formula, created in 1886 by US pharmacist John Pemberton, is believed to have contained traces of cocaine derived from coca leaf extract.

Investigation is however under way in Signes, a village in southern France.

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