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‘Cocaine cast’ man arrested at Spanish airport


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A Chilean man with a broken leg has been arrested at Barcelona airport after his cast was found to be made of cocaine, not plaster, Spanish officials said.

The 66-year-old was also carrying six beer cans and two hollowed-out stools that had been packed with cocaine and re-sealed, police said.

The man, whose left shin was genuinely broken, was carrying about 11 pounds of the drug when he was arrested at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after arriving from Santiago, Chile, police said.

Officers are investigating whether his injuries were inflicted intentionally so he could smuggle the drugs with the cocaine cast.

Police detected the drug by spraying the cast with a chemical that turns bright blue when it comes in contact with cocaine, he said. The man was taken to a hospital after the cast was removed.

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March 6, 2009 - Posted by | Blogroll, People

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