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Priest arrested for drug smuggling at Moscow airport

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Priest arrested for drug smuggling at Moscow airport


A Colombian priest has been arrested in Moscow for drug smuggling.

Anti-narcotic officers say they detained Fabio Ricardo Rodriguez at Sheremetyevo
airport because his “sickly appearance and nervous behaviour” made them suspicious.

Thirteen cocaine-filled condoms were found in his stomach, and another five packages of the drug in his luggage – weighing a total of 780g.

During an interview on Russian television, the Anglican priest said:

“Since I am a priest, this situation is very complex. It goes against my morals and my convictions, but I was forced by a mafia gang to commit this action, I had no choice.”

Rodriguez could spend between 10 and 15 years in prison for the offence.

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