KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (From Bernama) – International cocaine trafficking syndicates have found a clever way to venture into textiles. Police nabbed a 42-year-old woman flying from Peru to Kuala Lumpur airport last week, carrying two bags. A check on the suspect’s luggage revealed 23 shirts of similar colour and design. Police grew suspicious when they noticed the shirts were heavy – weighing 10 kg – and rough to the touch. Apparently, she was one of a group of fashionable drug mules recruited to carry more than just a copious amount of clothes in their luggage when heading overseas. The dealers liquify the cocaine, then dip the clothes in the solution. Once dried it’s ready to smuggle into another country. Upon arrival at their destination, the clothes are soaked in water and wrung dry. The cocaine liquid that results is crystallised for sale to ready buyers.


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