UPDATE: There is growing concern that no arrests have been laid following the shock ALDI drug scandal that saw $40million in cocaine hidden in banana boxes.
Given that it's not the first time that drugs have been detected in supermarket produce in the region with this being the second major drug haul in six months, locals are demanding answers.
'I really thought there would be an arrest by now,' said one resident on social media. 'I'm worried there's going to be another drug mix-up at a supermarket soon,' added another.
EARLIER: ALDI has been rocked by a $40million cocaine scandal after around half a tonne of the drug was found hidden in banana boxes.
Staff at six ALDI supermarkets in Germany were left shocked after making the discovery overnight, with authorities stating that the shipments arrived from Latin America.
A photograph show the bundles of cocaine wrapped in black plastic, sitting on top of scores of bananas in each box.
The discoveries were made at ALDI stores in the German town of Rostock, as well as a nearby logistics centre in Jarmen.
Authorities say they still haven’t pinned down an exact weight for the huge drug haul due to them being spread out between so many different ALDI stores, but estimate it to be 500kg. He goes on to say such an enormous drug shipment is ‘really unique’ for the region.
'We don't have the final quantity yet, because we simply haven't been able to evaluate it yet, because of the quantity,' Harald Nowack, spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Rostock, told local radio.
A spokesman for ALDI confirmed that various stores and a logistics centre had been affected.
This isn’t the first time in recent months that drug shipments have been found in German supermarkets. Around 87 kg was found last week in supermarkets in the Rhine-Main region, while a tonne was discovered in Hamburg in November late last year.
Police in Portugal and Spain, meanwhile, seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside pineapples last year, leading to the arrest of nine gang members.