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Cocaine “mules" arrested at Toulouse-Blagnac

France 3/Scoop, Apr 10

In less than a month, three passengers carrying drugs have been intercepted at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Two of them had ingested cocaine capsules. The “mules" were all from South America.

The first arrest, on March 20, was a passenger, from Guyana. He was searched because the 23 year old looked particularly nervous.

They initially discovered two tiger claws and a tiger’s tooth, but the individual was so agitated that they called for a urine test. The test was positive for opiats. A hospital scan showed that he had ingested 90 pellets of cocaine, or 432 grams. After “expelling” the goods, the man was detained, pending trial.

Four days later, the customs dog alerted handlers to a passenger’s bag returning from Lisbon. The 47-year-old Spaniard stopped over in Brazil before returning to Europe. The customs officers found that his bag had a hidden bottom, and in the hidden section they found three kilos of cocaine.

The latest case, revealed by La Dépêche du Midi, was a 26-year-old man who was arrested by the drugs squad on April 3 at Toulouse airport with 890 grams of capsules in his stomach. This man also came back from a stay in Guyana.

All three are in detention, awaiting trial.

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