Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

'World Cup' replica made from cocaine

Fans worldwide have fashioned replicas of the World Cup trophy out of everything from papier mache to plastic, but a lawbreaker in Colombia gets top prize for most original material: cocaine

Fans worldwide have fashioned replicas of the World Cup trophy out of everything from papier mache to plastic, but a lawbreaker in Colombia gets top prize for most original material: cocaine.

Airports anti-drug chief Colonel Jose Piedrahita said that Colombian authorities found the unusual statue during a routine security check by anti-drug agents in a mail warehouse at Bogota's international airport.

The 14in-high trophy was inside a box headed for Madrid, Spain, and was painted gold with green stripes on the base.

Col Piedrahita said laboratory tests confirmed the cup was made of 11 kilograms of cocaine mixed with acetone or petrol to make it mouldable.

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