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Cocaine hidden in live turkeys

August 25, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Peruvian police expecting to find a shipment of cocaine hidden in a crate holding two live turkeys were surprised to discover the drug surgically implanted in the birds.

Acting on a tip, officers stopped a Turismo Ejecutivo SRL bus outside the city of Tarapoto in the central state of San Martin, officials said.

Police were puzzled when they found the turkeys in the crate, but didn't find the cocaine, said Tarapoto's anti-drug police chief, Otero Gonzalez. They then noticed that the two turkeys were bloated.

A veterinarian extracted 11 oval-shaped plastic capsules containing 4.2 pounds of cocaine from one turkey and 17 capsules with 6.4 pounds from the other, he said.

Both turkeys survived.

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