Cocaine found in Rome airport trolleys

November 17, 2010 12:00 am

, ROME, Nov 17 – Drug traffickers busted in Rome airport had found some ingenious smuggling methods – including hiding cocaine inside baggage trolleys, the police commander in charge of the inquiry told AFP on Wednesday.

"They were hiding the drugs in the handles of the trolleys to evade customs," said Alessio Mauro, a lieutenant in the Guardia di Finanza force.

Police officers also found drugs "hidden inside secret pockets sewn into many pairs of jeans transported in passangers\’ luggage," Mauro said.

Drugs worth five million euros (6.8 million dollars) were seized in the operation at Fiumicino airport and six people have been arrested.

The drugs were being smuggled by passengers from Argentina and Brazil.

"We check passenger lists for certain flights every day against other lines of investigation. That\’s how we found the smugglers," Mauro said.

The people arrested are an Italian man working for an airline, a German woman arriving from Brazil and four people travelling from Argentina.


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