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Woman, 2 youths arrested at Peru airport after allegedly swallowing cocaine capsules

Woman, 2 youths arrested at Peru airport after allegedly swallowing cocaine capsules

A woman and two youths were detained in Peru after the trio allegedly ingested capsules of cocaine and attempted to board an airplane to Argentina, a police official said Sunday.
The three were questioned at Lima's international airport Saturday night and taken to a nearby hospital, where they expelled capsules of cocaine, Police Gen. Miguel Hidalgo, director of the country's anti-drug unit, told The Associated Press.
Police declined to give the youth's ages or gender until an official report is completed, but radio reports said they were aged 15 and 17, and traveling with their 47-year-old mother.
"The important part of this is that they're employing minors," Hidalgo said. "It puts their lives at risk. We're dismayed."
He said that Peruvian immigration records show the woman had traveled abroad with a young girl several times.
Peru is the world's second-largest producer of cocaine after Colombia, and arrests of small-scale drug couriers at Lima's airport are common.
On Saturday, Rafael Correa, the leftist president of neighboring Ecuador, proposed pardoning the lengthy jail sentences of low-level drug couriers known as "mules" and drafting new laws that better reflect the severity of drug crimes.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:45 GMT+08:00