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In 'unprecedented' smuggling attempt, Mexico finds cocaine hidden in drums of fruit

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 21:  Drug detection equipment, cocaine and seized packages are pictured at the Auckland Airport Customs Air Cargo Inspection Facility on August 21, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Prime Minister has allocated $335,000 to customs to enhance frontline screening at the border.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 21: Drug detection equipment, cocaine and seized packages are pictured at the Auckland Airport Customs Air Cargo Inspection Facility on August 21, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Prime Minister has allocated $335,000 to customs to enhance frontline screening at the border. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Customs and law enforcement personnel in Mexico say they found an undetermined amount of cocaine dissolved in fruit pulp imported from Colombia.

The drug was detected among 24 metric tons of red berries packed into 120 fifty-five-gallon drums of frozen fruit pulp. The berries were thawed, and tests revealed that 16 of the drums contained cocaine mixed into the fruit.

Mexico's customs and tax authority said Monday that it was a "sophisticated" and "unprecedented" smuggling attempt.

Authorities said the Mexican company named as the importer of the shipment had listed its headquarters at an abandoned, half-built house.

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