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article imageCocaine, marijuana found in Vatican diplomatic vehicle

By Greta McClain     Sep 18, 2014 in Crime
Chambley - Two men are in custody after French authorities found cocaine and marijuana in a Vatican diplomatic car owned by an Argentine Cardinal.
The arrest occurred Sunday evening after police stopped two Italian men driving a vehicle owned by Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia in Chambéry, France. During the stop, officers reportedly found four kilos of cocaine and 200 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, which displayed license plated belonging to the Vatican delegation to France.
Cardinal Mejia, librarian emeritus of the Holy See, has been bedridden since experiencing a heart attack in March of last year. His personal secretary told RLT the vehicle had been left with the men two days prior so they could make repairs and service the vehicle.
When questioned about the incident, Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said:
"His secretary, a priest who takes care of him, said that this car should be sent to the garage for servicing and repairs. Obviously, the person to whom the car was entrusted to bring the garage used it for other purposes. Cardinal Mejia is a very sick person who has nothing to do with this story."
The men arrested have no known ties to the Vatican and did not have diplomatic passports. They are scheduled to appear in court today on drug trafficking charges.
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