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Posted by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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 Report: Germans seize cocaine addressed to Vatican

 

Mass is led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 19, 2013.: Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 19, 2013.

 

BERLIN (AP) — The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows.

German customs officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Officers at Leipzig airport found 340 grams (12 ounces) of the drug packed into 14 condoms inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America, the paper, reported citing a German customs report. It said the package was simply addressed to the Vatican postal office, meaning any of the Catholic mini-state's 800 residents could have picked it up.

The paper reported that a subsequent sting operation arranged with Vatican police failed to nab the intended recipient. No one claimed the package, indicating that he or she was tipped off about the plan. The drugs would have a street value of several tens of thousands of euros.

A spokesman for the German Finance Ministry, which oversees the customs office, confirmed the report. Prosecutors in Leipzig planned to issue a statement Monday providing further details, Martin Chaudhuri told The Associated Press.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Vatican police had cooperated with German police in an attempt to identify the traffickers. He said the investigation remained open.

by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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MrsRussell1025
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM
Wow
Paigesmommy78
by Bronze Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Wow
Hannahluvsdogs
by Hannah on Mar. 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

LOL, that is so odd.

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