German customs officers arrested a 24-year-old Colombian woman at Frankfurt Airport after she was found to be carrying 1 kilogram of cocaine inside her breasts, Reuters reports.
Airport officials became suspicious after they found fresh operation scars below the woman’s breasts during a search on Feb. 24 and she complained of severe pain.
The woman admitted to carrying drugs, which had been inserted into her body during a hastily arranged operation.
She was sent to a local hospital, where doctors removed a 500 g lump of cocaine wrapped in plastic from each of her breasts.
The drugs have a market value of 200,000 euros (US$220,000) and were destined for Spain, customs spokesman Hans-Juergen Schmidt said.
“This is the first case in Germany in which drugs have been smuggled in this fashion,” he said.
Customs agents were shocked by what they said was the amateurish surgery.
Schmidt said it showed how the heads of drug smuggling operations “are completely indifferent to human life and the life-threatening conditions of their drug carriers”.
The woman, who said she has three children in Colombia, where she worked on a farm, will be charged with drug trafficking and faces jail time.
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