Police Find Teeth Full of Cocaine at Airport

July 2, 2007

A sharp-eyed airport inspector foiled a plot to ship 20 pounds of cocaine to Panama when he discovered the drugs stuffed inside sets of false teeth.

The boxes of dentures seized Friday at Bogota's El Dorado International Airport contained about $300,000 worth of pure cocaine, Colombian police said in a statement.

In an effort to stay one step ahead of the law, traffickers in the world's No. 1 cocaine-producing country have long found creative means of camouflaging their drugs for export.

Panama is a transit route for Colombian cocaine headed to the United States.

Items compiled from Tribune news services

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