Chilean Customs Finds Drugs Hidden in Fake Rocks
By Dialogo July 11, 2012Customs personnel at the Chilean port of Arica (in the northern part of the country) discovered approximately 350 kilos of cocaine hidden by drug traffickers inside four enormous fake rocks found in a container destined for Spain, a law-enforcement source announced.
The weight of the container, which arrived from Bolivia two weeks ago, attracted the attention of the customs personnel, who inspected its interior using a scanner that revealed the existence of the enormous rocks and who consequently alerted the police, prosecutor Patricio Espinoza said, as reported by the daily La Tercera on July 7.
Espinoza explained that upon inspecting the unusual cargo, police officers were surprised to realize that the rocks were fake and that they had a small door used by drug traffickers to hide packages of cocaine, in the amount of approximately 350 kilos, destined for Spain.
“The mode of concealment has varied from shampoo, petroleum, bars, wood, and now it’s another mode that depends on the drug traffickers’ creativity,” Attorney-General Sabas Chagúan said for his part.
The Chilean Public Prosecutor’s Office declared the investigation into the case confidential.