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A drug-sniffing canine led police at a Milan airport to search out some 13 kilograms (roughly 30 kilos) of cocaine stuffed into the leather-based upholstery of a motorized wheelchair, whose consumer instantly stood up and was arrested, authorities stated.
The specialised canine unit was deployed at Malpensa Airport in Italy to verify arriving passengers and their baggage following a flight from the Dominican Republic – after drug couriers beforehand used the route – police stated in an announcement.
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When a canine drew officers’ consciousness to the traveler, police first checked his baggage, which yielded nothing, however found the medicine after chopping open the wheelchair upholstery.
The passenger, a Spaniard who requested airport staff to assist information the wheelchair, then bought up and walked unaided earlier than being taken into custody, police stated.
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The passenger was delivered to an area jail, the place judicial authorities upheld his detention pending investigation of the case, the assertion stated.
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Officers stated the 11 packets of cocaine, weighing 13.35 kilograms, may have made 27,000 particular person doses and had a avenue worth of round 1.4 million Euros ($1.2 million).