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article imageSmugglers molded cocaine into Manolo shoes

By Owen Weldon
Nov 6, 2011 in Crime
A two-year international trafficking caper has finally come to an end this week. These smugglers found a completely different way to smuggle drugs into the country.
Drug smugglers found out how to mold cocaine into look alike Manolo Blahnik shoes. The drug smugglers behind this have been doing it for years, police say.
According to the New York Post, Spanish police busted the smugglers on Tuesday. The police found around $630,000 worth of cocaine, but the cocaine was carefully sculpted into replicas of Manolo Blahnik.
Police say that the cocaine was Colombian cocaine. Each pair of shoes were worth around $87,000, according to sources.
Police say they picked up a 34-year-old who is believed to be a Colombian gang leader, and his 24-year-old wife. The two were picked up in the town of Gorliz, which is located in northern Spain.
The cocaine was turned into a paste after being mixed with a liquid and then the smugglers carefully molded the drugs into the shape of the expensive shoes and then painted. The replica shoes were then given to passengers on airlines, in order to bring them from Colombia to Spain, according to the Telegraph.
In the past, police have found cocaine shipments disguised as sculptures, protective casts and even as a crockery set. Shipments of drugs are also regularly found in bananas and pineapples’ containers.
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