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Colombia arrests fake nuns with cocaine under their habits

By Marilia Brocchetto, CNN
updated 3:06 AM EDT, Wed May 8, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The women were arrested on Sunday
  • Video footage shows them crying and nervous while being questioned
  • The women face charges of trafficking

(CNN) -- Three women, pretending to be nuns, were arrested in Colombia recently and are accused of hiding cocaine in their habits.

The women, 20, 32 and 37, donning the fake habits, tried to sneak through Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport in San Andres Sunday after arriving from Bogota, according to Colombia's national police.

Each woman carried two kilos of cocaine underneath the clothes, according to a police statement.

Video recorded by police show the women nervous and crying while being interviewed. Later, somehow the women lost their habits as video footage show them being led to police cars wearing street clothes.

The women face charges of trafficking, manufacturing and the bearing of narcotics, police said.

The drugs the women were smuggling would be distributed in more than 60 thousand doses, police said.

San Andres is a Caribbean island which belongs to Colombia. Colombia in recent years has made strides against drug cartels, but the country remains a top supplier of cocaine to illicit markets.

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