$55 Million of Cocaine Hidden Inside Coca-Cola Shipment

Matthew Loffhagen
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Coca-Cola is one of the most popular beverages around the world.

Its recipe has changed a great deal over the years – it was originally given its name because it contained cocaine, an ingredient which has since been abandoned.

Apparently, though, some eager soft drink enthusiasts are aiming to bring back the original flavor Coke in a big way.

Coca-Cola factory workers in Signes, France, noted an unusual shipment of orange juice concentrate earlier this week. Within this was found 815lb of cocaine, which was likely added to the shipment before it travelled from Costa Rica to France.

The discovery has led to one of France’s all time largest drug seizures, but the Coca-Cola company has been quick to distance itself from the discovery.

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“The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved”, said Jean-Denis Malgras, speaking on behalf of the company.

In spite of Malgras’ comments, though, it’s not yet known whether similar Coke packages have contained cocaine in the past. It’s also unclear who planted the drugs, and who was intended to receive them upon their arrival in France. All things considered, some French drug dealers are probably not in the best of moods at the moment.

The original formula for Coca-Cola, created by John Pemberton in 1886, contained coca-leaf extract, which is also the key ingredient in cocaine, a drug which what legal at the time.