Friday, 19. December 2014
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Mafia drugs traffickers who tried to smuggle cocaine worth more than 1 million GBP hidden inside the stomachs of dogs have been arrested by customs police in Milan, Italy.
Prosecutors say more than two dozen suspects have been seized over the scam, where packages of drugs were surgically implanted in the dogs' bodies.
Police say the packets were wrapped in carbon paper and black vinyl to make them almost invisible to X-ray machines.
The gang were eventually snared after customs officials grew suspicious of the high number of large dogs like mastiffs, great danes, and labradors arriving on flights from South America.
"Each dog that got through would have been killed and gutted to get to the drugs. It was a one way ticket for them," said a customs spokesman.
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