Home > News > World
Thursday February 6, 2014 MYT 7:50:01 AM
Thursday February 6, 2014 MYT 7:50:54 AM
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 78-year-old Spaniard at the airport with cocaine in his stomach, the oldest foreigner ever caught in the South American nation on charges of drug-trafficking.
A "nervous" Jose Molla Martinez aroused the suspicion of anti-drugs officers upon arrival at Bogota's international airport for a flight to Barcelona, and an x-ray found 400 grams of capsules containing cocaine, the police's anti-narcotics unit said.
Martinez is now in a Bogota prison facing trafficking charges after having the capsules removed in hospital due to the risk of intoxication from leakage.
"Jose Molla Martinez becomes the oldest foreign citizen caught in Colombia serving as a human courier," a statement from the unit said.
An 82-year-old Colombian was caught a decade ago, it added.
Cocaine trafficking is a major source of funding for Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas but Peru is now the biggest producer in the region.
(Reporting by Peter Murphy; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
Guatemala's president quits, jailed pending hearing on corruption charges
Merkel says refugee burden can't fall on just a few countries
Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home
Greek leftists put on brave face as poll shows conservatives pulling ahead
Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers - state TV
TalentCorp turns Malaysia’s brain drain to brain gain
Chelsea ties up with Wipro in digital, fan engagement drive
No longer a surprise, Samoa confident for World Cup
DJs gonna work it out
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)