Smuggler swallows 123 cocaine condoms
A NIGERIAN drugs smuggler has been arrested in Switzerland with 123 condoms stuffed with cocaine weighing 1.7 kilograms in his stomach, border guards say.
Michel Bachar, a spokesman for federal border guards, said the 123 condoms represented the equivalent of a 5.5 metre long string of sausages or 3.5 litres of milk in volume.
"It's exceptional," he told AFP overnight, underlining that the contents of just one of the condoms could have killed the carrier.
The man was among six people in a French-registered car who were stopped after they ran through a red light and sped past a border post near Geneva last Sunday.
X-rays revealed that four of them were carrying a total of nearly three kilograms of cocaine in their stomachs, in five centimetre condom packages coated with wax or resin.
At least two other similar cases were uncovered on the Swiss side of the border in the past four months.
Nine people were arrested in France in a similar case last week on suspicion of taking part in cocaine trafficking between Spain and France.
Swiss border guards recovered all of the swallowed cocaine capsules after several days.
By correspondents in Geneva
February 19, 2010 9:49
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