Fake pilots nabbed smuggling cocaine

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    Fake pilots nabbed smuggling cocaine

    Spanish narcotics agents nabbed two men dressed in pilot uniforms, complete with caps and insignias, trying to smuggle 55kg of cocaine through Madrid airport, police said on Monday.

    The duo arriving on a flight from Santa Cruz in Bolivia caught the eye of Spanish narcotics agents because they were travelling with passengers and not with airline personnel, police said in a statement.

    A check of their documents revealed that the two, whose nationality was not disclosed, did not fly for any airline and then 50 packets of cocaine, weighing some 55kg, were discovered in their carry-on baggage.

    Spain is a main entry point for South American cocaine bound for sale in Europe. The drug barons often use boats to bring in large quantities of the illegal substance, but also try to sneak drugs in on regular airline flights.

    May 11, 2010

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