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February 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

US federal agents have seized seven so-called ‘bricks’ of cocaine, weighing two kilograms each, from the nose of an American Airlines passenger plane after the flight suddenly diverted from its planned path.

The haul, estimated to have a street value of at least USD 200,000, was discovered lodged in the nose of an American Airlines B757 aircraft that flew from Colombia to Oklahoma, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the statement, the flight headed first from Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, to Miami International Airport for scheduled maintenance. It turned out, however, that workers in Miami were too busy to perform the engineering check – so the plane diverted to Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma instead.

Some of the bricks of cocaine. Photo, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

In Tulsa, a technician noticed that insulation in the plane’s nose gear electronics bay looked new. He investigated, then called the sheriff’s office.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said the 2kg cocaine bricks had been slathered in axle grease, apparently to deter drug-sniffing dogs.

Investigations continue.

Written by Peter Needham

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