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Cocaine-carrying fake nuns arrested on San Andres Island, Colombia

May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM   |   Comments

SAN ANDRES, Colombia, May 7 (UPI) -- Three women, dressed in nuns' habits, were arrested on the Colombian island of San Andres as they attempted to smuggle cocaine under the clothing, police said.

They were stopped by customs and excise officers on San Andres after they arrived by plane from mainland Colombia, the British tabloid The Mirror reported Tuesday.

Police Capt. Oscar Davila said the suspects seemed nervous and their clothing looked odd.

More than 4.4 pounds of cocaine was found strapped to each of the women's legs. They were arrested and jailed on drug trafficking charges, the Mirror said.

San Andres Island is off the coast of Nicaragua, and regarded as a longtime smuggling route for cocaine from mainland Colombia.

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