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Spanish police have arrested a Panamanian woman who landed in Barcelona from Colombia with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants.
The woman was taken to the police at the airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman's chest, she was taken to a nearby hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery.
The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine.
Three people have been charged after more than £10 million-worth of cocaine was recovered by police in London, according to sources.
The drugs, totalling approximately 200kg (440lbs), were found in London after being smuggled into the UK from South America.
Gilmar Gil Solano, 24, from Deptford, Paula Sanchez, 32, of Muswell Hill and Martha Santiago, 35, of Woolwich, were charged yesterday with conspiracy to import Class A drugs.
They will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs.
A customs official in Bali has confirmed that a British woman allegedly caught with £1.6 million of cocaine is likely to face charges that would carry a death penalty.
Lindsay Sandiford was arrested after being stopped with drugs weighing almost five kgs after coming off a flight from Bangkok.
It has emerged that Lindsay Sandiford told police that she only agreed to make a trip to Bali with a suitcase of drugs because her children in England were being threatened.
The housewife decided to co-operate with the authorities in Indonesia in order to catch the other people in the gang.
A British woman has been displayed at a press conference in Bali after allegedly being caught with £1.6 million of cocaine.
Custom officials say they stopped Lindsay Sandiford carrying the 4.7kg haul in a suitcase as she arrived in Bali on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok on May 19.
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and executes convicted smugglers. A third of the more than 140 people on death row are foreigners.