Onion cargo nabbed with $9.3 million in drugs

| 10/24/2002

Georgia state and federal agents are trying to track down the senders of $9.3 million in cocaine and heroin found Friday in a truck shipment of onions from Peru.

The illegal haul was discovered when processing plant workers at R.T. Stanley Farms in Vidalia found two travel bags in a tractor-trailer load of onions and called police because they feared the bags might contain explosives.

Police discovered 29 kilos of cocaine and eight kilos of heroin inside the bags. The heroin seizure is believed to be the largest ever in the state.

No arrests have been made in the case, and officials said it was unclear who was the intended receiver. The onions were loaded onto the trailer box in Peru and a truck picked up the trailer at the Charleston, SC, port, where authorities believe the bags were meant to be picked up.