Employees at a  Nespresso factory in a Swiss town discovered more than 500 kilograms of cocaine in bags of coffee beans from Brazil.

Nespresso said employees immediately informed the police on Monday after discovering a suspicious substance at its production site in Romont. The cocaine is more than 80% pure and its market value is estimated at more than 50 million francs ($50.6 million), the police said.

The batches were isolated and the substance didn’t come into contact with any production equipment, the police said. The public prosecutor of the canton of Fribourg has opened an investigation.

Nespresso said all its products are safe to consume and it has strict quality controls for incoming shipments of green coffee. The company, a unit of Swiss food giant Nestle SA, said it can’t provide more details as the police investigation is underway.

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