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Police Seize Bottles of Cocaine

May 17, 1998

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ A Dutch woman trying to smuggle 22 pounds of liquid cocaine in children’s shampoo bottles was arrested at Bogota’s airport, police said Saturday.

Airport police became suspicious because of the weight of the suitcase owned by Felicia Capellan, 41, in which a hidden compartment contained the bottles, authorities said.

Capellan, who was bound for Amsterdam via Frankfurt, Germany, was arrested Friday, as was a 35-year-old Colombian, Raul Garcia.

On Wednesday, police seized a 331-pound shipment of cocaine mixed with iron dust and charcoal. Narcotics division director Col. Leonardo Gallego said he’d never seen black cocaine before and explained that the iron and charcoal were easily extracted.

That cocaine was bound for France and Italy.

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