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Colombian Claiming to Be Priest Arrested With Cocaine

The Federal Drug Control Service said a Colombian claiming to be a Roman Catholic priest was  arrested at a Moscow airport carrying 780 grams of cocaine, some of it in his stomach.

The anti-narcotics service said in a statement Wednesday that the man, wearing clerical garb, had been detained at Sheremetyevo Airport after appearing ill and nervous. He was taken to a hospital, where 13 containers of cocaine were found in his stomach and five more in his luggage.

The statement did not specify the kind of containers, but footage on state television indicated they were condoms. A service spokeswoman said the man was detained on Jan. 23 and is still in custody.


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