The thermo-furnace in Thermadors fridge was used to produce cocaine for sale in Mexico, according to court documents.
According to a criminal complaint, Thermado was the “primary distributor” of cocaine in Mexico for several years before it was shut down by US Customs in 2014.
In court documents, US Customs agent Jose Manuel González described Thermada as “one of the largest and most profitable producers of cocaine on the planet”, with “one hundred and twenty million kilos of cocaine”.
In January 2016, US authorities raided the home of Thermady, the US-based company that operates Thermadex refrigerators.
They seized two kilograms of cocaine and six kilograms of cannabis, which was later destroyed.
The investigation was sparked after the DEA learned that Thermades home-improvement business was running from the same premises, according a court filing.
“Thermador has a history of narcotics trafficking and has a significant presence in Mexico and Colombia,” the DEA wrote in a statement.
“The DEA was unable to establish the extent to which Thermadas cocaine production, distribution, and use occurred in the United States.”
The complaint said Thermadias refrigerator also contained evidence of other drug-trafficking activities in Mexico.
It was unclear how many people were inside the home.
The complaint is not the first time that US authorities have seized Thermaderas refrigerators, and other products that Thermidos products.
In 2015, authorities in Mexico seized a Thermademasters refrigerator and other Thermaser products and seized hundreds of kilograms of drugs and other illegal items.