Spain nabes fake pilots smuggling cocaine

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Spanish narcotics agents nabbed two men dressed in pilot uniforms, complete with caps and insignias, trying to smuggle 55 kilos of cocaine through Madrid airport, police said Monday.

The duo arriving on a flight from Santa Cruz in Bolivia caught the eye of Spanish narcotics agents because they were traveling with passengers and not with airline personnel, police said in a statement.

A check of their documents revealed that the two, whose nationality was not disclosed, did not fly for any airline and then 50 packets of cocaine, weighing some 55 kilos (110 pounds), was discovered in their carry-on baggage.

Spain is a main entry point for South American cocaine bound for sale in Europe. The drug barons often use boats to bring in large quantities of the illegal substance, but also try to sneak drugs in on regular airline flights.

© 2010 AFP

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