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Fake Olympian Weightlifters Caught Smuggling Drugs

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 18, 2012 Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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Argentinian police have arrested ten drug smugglers from Venezuela who were impersonating members of the Olympic weightlifting team.

They were arrested at the airport in Buenos Aires with capsules of liquid cocaine in their stomachs, reported the BBC.

A Venezuelan woman told authorities that her nephew, who is a weightlifter, was recruited by the smugglers.

Officers followed the man after receiving information from the woman, investigating him for four months.

As the fake weightlifters were trying to board a plane to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, they were arrested and subjected to a body scan, reported Sky News, citing a source with the airport.

They are now in custody in the Buenos Aires criminal court, according to Sky News. Three Dominican Republic nationals were also arrested in separate raids on an apartment and a hotel in connection with the case.

Police told the BBC that the men were dressed in track suits and said they were part of the Venezuelan Olympic weightlifting team. Presumably, the smugglers suspected that a large number of young men traveling together might have aroused the suspicion of the authorities.

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