Woman arrested smuggling cocaine into Spain through breast implantsThursday 13 December 2012 12.43
Spanish police have arrested a Panamanian woman who landed in Barcelona from Bogota, Colombia with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants.
The woman was taken to the police at Barcelona's El Prat airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control.
Spanish authorities carry out rigorous checks of passengers arriving on so-called "hot flights" from Latin America, to fight drug smuggling.
When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman's chest she was taken to a nearby hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery.
Under these dressings were two incised wounds open through which was a white foreign body.
The implants were found to carry 1.38kg of cocaine.