Customs dogs sniff out deodorant drug-smuggler

9th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Sniffer dogs detected 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine in a man's luggage even though it was hidden in 801 still-functional deodorant roll-ons, German customs said Thursday.

After being alerted by the two dogs at Frankfurt airport, customs officials opened five suitcases belonging to a 41-year-old Nigerian man arriving from Venezuela and found 30 grammes of the drug in each roll-on, a statement said.

"It's really amazing (with the dogs). In the past we have even found opium and heroin hidden in packets of mustard and things," spokeswoman Christine Kolodzeisk told AFP.

The drugs have a street value of around 1.25 million euros (1.60 million dollars) and the man, who has not been named, was arrested and now faces several years in prison, she added.

Customs officials at Frankfurt airport, one of Europe's busiest airports, seized around 1,000 kilograms of drugs last year, including around 400 kilograms of cocaine.

© 2010 AFP

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