Venezuelan with cocaine breast implants arrested in Madrid
A Venezuelan woman with 1.7kg of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday.
After a baggage search revealed nothing, women officers conducted a body search of the 43-year-old woman and discovered “certain irregularities and deformations in both breasts”.
At that moment, the suspect started to act nervously and “confessed that she was carrying implants with cocaine inside” customs officials said in a statement.
The woman was taken to a hospital where the implants were removed and found to contain 1.7kg of the drug.
Although unusual, it is not the first time Spanish police have seen drug smugglers using breast implants to try to beat detection.
In December 2012, a Panamanian woman arriving in Barcelona from Bogota was found with 1.4 kilos of cocaine in her fake breasts.
Her recent insertion wounds were still bleeding under bandages.
Other techniques have included drugs hidden under wigs, mixed into a cast put on a leg, and shaped and hardened into crockery.
Spain has a special police unit that checks “hot flights” from major drug-trafficking countries.
So far this year, in Madrid airport alone, the squad has seized around 500kg of cocaine and six kilos of heroin, and had made 189 arrests.