Sunday, November 06, 2011
Columbian cartels put 'high' in hgh heeled shoes
The Spanish authorities broke a cocaine drug ring recently estimated at $630,000 (US). The gang cleverly sculpted cocane to look like Manolo Blahnik high-heeled shoes. The narcotics were mixed with a liquid to turn it into a paste before being molded and painted to look like shoes. Each pair of shoes was estimated to have been worth around $70,000. The gang were shipping the fancy footwear from Colombia to Barcelona to be sold on the streets throughout Europe. Arrests were the culmination of a four-month probe into a 34-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife, both Colombian, who headed the ring. The couple, who lived in Spain, organized the transport of the drug from Colombia to Spain by paying “mules” who carried the consignments of “Manolos.” When the cocaine arrived the shoes were turned back into white powder and distributed to dealers. Using shoes to smuggle contraband is not new and a fairly common rouse was to incorporate hash outsoles onto footwear.