Colombian Priest Arrested in Moscow for Cocaine Trafficking

By Dialogo
January 31, 2013

A Colombian priest who carried cocaine in his stomach was arrested when he arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) of the Russian Federation announced on January 30.

The priest, who drew police officers’ attention because he looked unwell and was behaving nervously, was taken to a hospital in Moscow, where doctors found out he had swallowed 13 condoms filled with cocaine, the FSKN said in a statement.

The institution also reported that another five cocaine packages were found in his luggage.

Fabio Ricardo Rodrigues, an Anglican priest from Bogotá, tried to smuggle 780 grams of cocaine into Russia, the FSKN added.

“I did this under pressure from a mafia organization; I had no choice,” he claimed, according to the TV station Rossiya 24.

Around five million people regularly consume illegal drugs in Russia, a country with 143 million inhabitants, according to FSKN.

The source also said that this situation is due to the influx of narcotics from Afghanistan, which arrive in Russia via the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, such as Tajikistan.



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