Man, woman jailed in unusual drug case

Sept. 1, 2004 at 5:55 PM
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LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The couple tried to smuggle 2.8 pounds of cocaine implanted in two dogs but it is the couple that will now be implanted in a British jail for several years.

A London court Wednesday sentenced Gregory Graham, 27, to 10 years and Kaye Chapman, 21, to seven years, for conspiring to import the drug inside Labradors Rex and Frispa, the BBC reported.

The dogs were intercepted in Amsterdam en route from Colombia. The incident happened in September of last year.

Jurors heard that when the dogs arrived at Amsterdam airport, an airline employee noticed one was aggressive, the other weak. Later X-rays showed the packets of cocaine had been surgically implanted into the dogs' stomach cavities.

One of the dogs had to be put to sleep because the canisters had fused with some of its vital organs.

After the sentencing, police officials said they were pleased with the length of the jail sentences imposed on Chapman and Graham.

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