MALAGA, Spain - Customs officers were stunned when they opened the case of a so-called tourist visiting the Costa del Sol and found every item of clothing impregnated with cocaine.
Police discovered 33 items, including socks, scarves and tops, which on the surface looked completely ordinary.
But following a tip-off about an international gang using this method to smuggled drugs, the garments were tested and found to contain a total of 12 kilos of cocaine. The drugs had been carefully impregnated into the material and a laboratory process would have removed it ready for sale. The unusual find was made at Malaga airport where a woman from Argentina told police she was there for a sunshine holiday on the Costa del Sol. Four more people were arrested in Spain and two in Argentina.
"This international network was using human mules to carry cocaine in their suitcases. They would pose as middle-class tourists," said a police spokesman.
The gang would use a route which started in Argentina and pass through Buenos Aires, Río de Janeiro, Lisbon and then Málaga. The leader of the gang would go to the airport pretending to be a relative of the so-called tourist and pick them up.
The two people arrested in Argentina are believed to be responsible for recruiting couriers for substantial amounts of cash.
Global Travel Industry/Nov. 28, 2015
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