False bottomed suitcase fails to pass inspection

A Guatemalan woman ended up in jail instead of Berlin when anti-drug agents found what they suspected to be material laced with cocaine in her suitcase. She became the 13th person to be nabbed this year at Juan Santamaría airport.

Agents said the cocaine totaled three kilos or about 6.6 pounds. The arrest was made Saturday as the woman was about to leave for Madrid, Spain, en route to Berlin, Germany.

Part of the bottom of her suitcase was made from cocaine mixed with some type of resin, agents said. They added that this was an old smuggler’s trick in which the inspectors are supposed to believe that the material is actually part of the suitcase.

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