Italian drug 'mule' dies on Paris flight

5th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jen 5 (AFP) - An Italian woman trying to smuggle cocaine into Europe died on a flight arriving at Paris when one of 77 latex bags filled with the drug she had swallowed burst in her stomach, police said Wednesday.

PARIS, Jen 5 (AFP) - An Italian woman trying to smuggle cocaine into Europe died on a flight arriving at Paris when one of 77 latex bags filled with the drug she had swallowed burst in her stomach, police said Wednesday.

The middle-aged woman died of a lethal overdose on an Air France flight landing at Charles de Gaulle airport Saturday after the long flight from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Caribbean state of the Dominican Republic, despite the best efforts of the crew to save her, they said.

An autopsy revealed the drugs hidden in her stomach. The woman had been on her way to Milan, Italy.

Police said such fatal incidents were rare, though flights between the Dominican Republic and Italy were known to be frequently used by narcotics smugglers.

© AFP

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