Drug-sniffing dog finds cocaine hidden in wheelchair at airport as chair user tries to walk away

An picture posted on-line by Italy’s Financial Guard regulation enforcement company on September 2, 2022, reveals a motorized wheelchair and the almost 30 kilos of cocaine found in it as a person arrived at Milan’s Malpensa airport.

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A drug-sniffing dog led police Friday at a Milan airport to almost 30 kilos of cocaine stuffed into the leather-based upholstery of a motorized wheelchair, whose user instantly stood up and was arrested, authorities stated. The specialised canine unit was being deployed at Malpensa airport to verify arriving passengers and their baggage from a flight from the Dominican Republic, since drug couriers had beforehand used the route, the Financial Guard police stated in a press release.

When a dog drew officers’ consideration to the traveler, police first checked his baggage, which yielded nothing, then slashed the wheelchair’s upholstery, discovering the cocaine.

Police stated that when the cocaine was discovered, the chair user — a Spaniard who had requested airport personnel to assist information the wheelchair — acquired up, walked with out help and was taken into custody.

The passenger was introduced to a neighborhood jail, the place judicial authorities upheld his detention pending investigation of the case, the assertion stated.

Police stated the 11 packets of cocaine, weighing a complete of 13.35 kilograms (almost 30 kilos) might have yielded some 27,000 particular person doses of the drug and had a road sale worth of some 1.4 million euros, or almost $1.6 million.

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