Colombia cops: Fake nuns hid cocaine under habits

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 10:33 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The nuns' habits didn't seem to be habitual garb for three young women so Colombian police asked them to step aside when they arrived on the Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota.

Police Capt. Oscar Davila says the three women appeared nervous, and the fabric didn't look right.

The chief of the island's judicial police says more than four pounds of cocaine (two kilos) was strapped to the legs of each woman. Davila says all three broke into tears and launched into tales of financial hardship.

None of the three is a nun, and all were arrested early Saturday and jailed on drug trafficking charges.

San Andres is just off Nicaragua's coast along a longtime smuggling route for cocaine from mainland Colombia.

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