Animals at Dutch zoo get bananas after cocaine bust
A box of bananas in which was hidden large amounts of cocaine is shown in this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 handout photo. (AP / Dutch Interior and Justice Ministry)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, October 12, 2012 2:24PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 12, 2012 2:25PM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A major cocaine seizure in Europe has turned out to be good news for the animals at Rotterdam's zoo.
The drugs were hidden among boxes of bananas, and the fruit was later donated to the monkeys and other creatures at the Blijdorp zoo.
Dutch prosecutors said Friday more than eight tons of cocaine was hidden among the bananas on a ship from Ecuador. The drugs were seized Monday in the Belgian port of Antwerp, while the bananas were allowed to continue on to Rotterdam -- the shipment's final destination. Dutch police arrested a Belgian truck driver and four Dutch men on Tuesday.
Dutch authorities say the seizure is the biggest ever in the Netherlands or Belgium.