Cancun custom agents successful at filtering drug traffickers

Cancun, Q.R. – Over the past three weeks, five people have been arrested at the Cancun International Airport for drug trafficking.

In mid-September, a woman was pulled over for inspection after a customs agent detected an unfamiliar bottle inside her luggage.

A further inspection revealed the bottle was actually liquid cocaine. According to an investigator, the woman, who was from Mexico City, drank the cocaine to avoid custom agents finding the drugs. She went into cardiac arrest and died in hospital.

During that same week, two men arriving from Colombia were found trying to hide cocaine in their shoes. They were both arrested.

During the first week of October, a 53-year-old-high school teacher from Columbia was arrested after it was discovered he had 15 cocaine capsules hidden in his stomach.

While at the airport, the man began to complain of severe stomach pains at which point he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent an emergency examination. Doctors found that he had the capsules of cocaine hidden in his stomach, two of which had burst. Doctors removed the 15 capsules, each weighing more than 30 grams, but were unable to save the man.

A 40-year-old man from Morelos was also arrested at the Cancun International Airport last week for trying to smuggle 6.3 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase.

After the man failed to pass through the green / red light filter, a review of his luggage found packages of white powder hidden in a false bottom of his suitcase. A canine narcotic dog was used to confirm the packages were cocaine. The man was handed over to authorities.

According to Drug Law Reform in Latin America, sentences for the production, transportation, trafficking, sale and supply of drugs in Mexico range from 10 to 25 years in prison.

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