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article imageFake nuns carrying cocaine arrested

By Eko Armunanto     May 7, 2013 in Crime
Three women dressed like nuns have been arrested at a Colombian airport allegedly smuggling drugs. Police said the women, aged 20, 32 and 37 had two kilos of cocaine each strapped to their bodies.
Officers said they became suspicious because the women didn't look like nuns and their habits didn't look right. A BBC report says the three broke into tears when the cocaine was discovered strapped to their legs, will be charged with drug smuggling. They reportedly said they had been forced into drug trafficking because of financial hardship. None of the three is a nun, and all were arrested early Saturday and jailed on drug trafficking charges.
They were travelling from the capital Bogota to the island of San Andres, popular with holidaymakers --- a longtime smuggling route for cocaine from mainland Colombia.
“They weren’t really religious, they weren’t nuns. On the contrary, they were taking advantage of this situation,” San Andres police commissioner Jorge Gomez told RCN TV according to Colombia Reports. Police officials say the 60 thousand doses drugs had a street value of $35,470 and were likely to be distributed locally. The fake nuns were taken to the local prison to await trial.
PBS describes Colombia as base of some of the most violent and sophisticated drug trafficking organizations in the world since the 1970's. What started as a small cocaine smuggling business has blossomed into an enormous multinational cocaine empire.
"Traffickers today have enough capital under their control to build sophisticated smuggling equipment, such as a high tech submarine that was recently discovered by the Colombian National Police," it says. Colombian cocaine traffickers had hired engineering experts from Russia and the United States to help with the design of the submarine, which apparently would have been used to secretly ship large quantities of cocaine to the United States.
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