Swiss Arrest Drug Smugglers With Ecstasy Sewn in Cycling Shorts

By jholmes800 · Dec 20, 2006 · Updated Oct 20, 2010 · ·
  1. jholmes800
    Swiss police have arrested 20 drug trafficking suspects accused of flying on dozens of trips to the U.S. with Ecstasy tablets sewn inside their cycling shorts.

    The suspected smugglers are accused of transporting 1.2 million Ecstasy pills worth an estimated $18 million stitched inside their biking shorts on 61 flights from Switzerland to New York and Miami from 2002 until last year, Zurich police said today.

    A 31-year-old Dominican woman, suspected of organizing shipments of the drug popular with ravers, was arrested near Zurich a week after airport police discovered two people carrying 20,000 Ecstasy tablets in the undergarments in April 2005.

    The drugs, first smuggled into Switzerland from the Netherlands, had an estimated market value in the United States of $15 per pill, police said. Three suspects were taken into custody in April 2005 and 17 during subsequent investigations.

    All were charged with drug trafficking, police said. The suspects, aged 21 to 46, came from Zurich, Basel, Aargau and the Thurgau region, police added.

    the reporter on this story: Joseph Heaven
    the editor responsible for this story: Malcolm Fried

    December 19, 2006

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  1. GForce
    Kind of reminds me of that article in Rolling Stone about the kid who had planned to stop smuggling weed across the Canadian border when he reached $1 million profit (but instead greed got the best of him and he was eventually caught). Just further proof that you'll always eventually get caught when you're dealing or trafficing with no intent to stop. SWIM's friend was able to smuggle MDMA in his boxers from MA to FL once, but it doesn't mean he is going to do it on every flight he takes on the belief that he can't get caught. If it works, make your money and move on. Probability says time isn't on your side.
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