Dogs as drug mules from Mexico to Italy
10 July 2013, 08:52
Rome - South American drug gangs in Milan have been using dogs to
smuggle cocaine from Mexico to Italy, the police said on Tuesday after
an operation that found at least 48 dogs had been killed to retrieve the
The animals were forced to swallow plastic packets
containing the drug before being sent to Italy on flights that usually
landed at Linate airport in Milan.
The packages were wrapped in black vinyl tape to shield them from X-ray checks at the airports.
The drug traffickers then dismembered the dogs.
court on Tuesday ordered that 49 people arrested in the operation to
face trial under a fast-track procedure, a police spokesperson in Milan
They are all alleged members of South American "pandillas" ("drug rings") that used the dogs.
were outraged reactions from Italian associations for the defence of
animals that expressed their support for police involved in the
This cruel smuggling method often ends up killing the
dogs before they get to their destination as even a minimal leak of the
cocaine can be fatal to the animals.
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