£42 million worth of cocaine found at French Coca-Cola plant

Sacré bleu!

Coca-Cola The world's most popular soft drink. Image Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A huge 370kg haul of cocaine has been seized at a Coca-Cola plant in France.

The drugs, worth a reported 50 million euros (£42m), were reportedly hidden in delivery bags for orange juice concentrate.

The BBC reports that the coke came in via a container from South America and an investigation is currently underway in the French village of Signes.

“The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved.”

Coca-Cola employees at the plant have apparently been ruled out from any kind of Breaking Bad-style Walter White shenanigans – investigators have said they’re all in the clear.

“The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved,” regional president of Coca-Cola Jean-Denis Malgras told Var-Matin.

Prosecutor of Toulon Xavier Tarabeux described this drugs discovery as “a very bad surprise”. Too right, Xavier!

Of course, this isn’t the first time Coca-Cola and cocaine have intertwined.

When the soft drink launched back in 1886 its two most significant ingredients were caffeine and cocaine. The latter came from the coca leaf and the kola nut provided the injection of caffeine.

The fusion led to the name Coca-Cola, with kola’s ‘k’ getting replaced with a ‘c’ for marketing purposes.

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