Family arrested with 3kg of drugs in stomachs

2015-10-19 21:08


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Bogota - Colombian police said on Monday that they had arrested a family of four, including a teenager, that were together carrying 91 cocaine and heroin capsules in their stomachs.

These Colombian "drug mules," who were on their way to the Dominican Republic, were carrying more than 3kg of the illicit drugs, police said.

The four suspects were arrested at the Cucuta airport, near the border of Colombia and Venezuela, before boarding a flight to Santo Domingo, via Panama.

The mother, 39, her 21-year-old son, 16-year-old daughter and their stepfather, 67, had obtained passports just four days earlier and "were travelling by plane for the first time, with light baggage, but pretending to go on a vacation," police said in a statement.

All four were taken to a local hospital, where X-rays revealed they had 54 latex capsules of heroin and 37 of cocaine in their stomachs, 24 of which were in the teenager.

Police, who are attempting to identify the traffickers, said that the family had been recruited with offers of new clothes and money upon their return.

Colombian police said they have arrested 138 "mules" trying to board international flights with drug capsules hidden in their bodies this year, including 35 foreign nationals.

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