Somebody….or some people are really pissed off this morning. You would be too if you’d just lost more than 1180 POUNDS (450 kilos) of cocaine with an alleged wholesale street value of 27,000 per kilo.
According to 6abc action news the cocaine was seized from a cargo container that was resting on a shipped docked at the Port Of Philadelphia. Federal agents allegedly found the drugs inside of 13 large duffel bags inside the container. Federal officials estimated the value of the drugs to be around $38 million. Cops and FEDS tend to announce the retail value of seized drugs when they do these type of huge seizures. I guess it adds drama to the seizure. Bigger numbers make for a better story? I don’t know…all I know is that 450 kilos at a wholesale price of $27,000 per, is closer to a grand total of around $12 million. Math has never been my strong suit…so what the hell do I know? Anyway, the ship that the drugs were recovered from originated in Guatemala and made a stop in the Bahamas before docking in the U.S. It will likely be very hard to nail down the exact place where the drugs were loaded onto the ship. So, that’s one less thing the owner of this cocaine will have to worry about, but that peace of mind still doesn’t replace his seized cocaine.
Two sergeants from Texas’ Department Of Criminal Justice found more than they bargained for when they went to pick up 45 boxes of bananas that were being donated to the department. As the sergeants began picking up the boxes, they quickly noticed that something wasn’t quite right. People Magazine (@people) reported, there was nearly $18 million worth of cocaine packaged in with the fruit.
“Sometime life gives you lemons. Sometimes it gives you bananas.” The department joked on their official Facebook page after the discovery.
The cocaine was hidden beneath the bundles of bananas. The sergeants contacted U.S. customs, who ran a test on the white substance and confirmed that it was cocaine. 540 packages were discovered with an estimated street value of just under $18 million. It’s not clear who sent the cocaine or who was supposed to pick it up. One thing is clear though…..somebody f*cked up! Big time!
I guess this is one way of flipping that big contract money to ensure that you would have big money for life. The problem is the consequences for getting caught up. TMZ (@tmz) reports, former MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday in San Diego with at least 44 lbs. of heroin or cocaine, and could face more than 20 years behind bars if convicted.
The 46-year old former pitcher has been charged with possession of more than 20 kilos of heroin or cocaine, Possession or purchase of narcotics, and transportation or sale of narcotics. Loaiza is currently being held at Chula Vista’s South Bay Detention Facility on a $200,000 bail. He’s due to make a court appearance on Wednesday.
Loaiza played for 8 different baseball teams in his major league career and earned more than $43 million. He last played in 2008 with the Chicago White Sox.