Huge Cocaine Shipment Found in Coca-Cola Plant

They're not going back to the old recipe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2016 2:17 AM CDT
Early last century, Coca-Cola switched from using coca leaves to using cocaine-free coca leaf extract.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

(Newser) – Coca-Cola has been cocaine-free since 1903—unlike its factory in Signes, southern France, where a massive shipment of the drug was discovered this week. Prosecutors say there's no sign that the 815-pound haul of the drug, which is one of the biggest seizures made in French history, had anything to do with plant employees, the BBC reports. A Coca-Cola spokesman says workers at the plant, which produces a variety of drinks, notified police as soon as they discovered the sacks of cocaine inside a shipping container of orange juice from Costa Rica, reports the AP. (In 2014, a 110-pound haul of cocaine vanished from inside Paris police headquarters.)

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