Woman Arrested For Fake Breast Implants With Cocaine

Woman Arrested For Fake Breast Implants With CocaineA Panamanian woman has been arrested in Spain with fake breast implants that turned out to be plastic bags containing 1.4kg of cocaine.

‘Still bleeding’

When the 20-year-old was stopped for a search at Barcelona’s Prat international airport, police noticed that she had gauze under her breasts. She said she had had plastic surgery two months before, but the wounds were open and she was still bleeding. She was taken to hospital, where the cocaine bags were removed.

Spanish police say thousands of people try to take illegal drugs into the country every year, but this is the first time they have come across fake breast implants containing cocaine. Flights coming from South America, where most of the world’s cocaine is produced, are subject to thorough checks.


‘White object’

The young Panamanian woman had flown in from Colombia and initially denied having any illegal drugs on her, police said. But on closer examination, they were able to see a “white object” through her wounds. The seized cocaine has a street value of at least 60,000 euros ($80,000; £50,000).

Would you go through such a drastic measure such as this for an illegal business? What other bizarre drug smuggling methods have you heard of?

 

Source: BBC News

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Planet Venus Makes Rare Transit Across Sun

Planet Venus is putting on a show for skywatchers by moving across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. The transit is a very rare astronomical event that will not be seen again for another 105 years.

Observers in north and central America, and the northern-most parts of South America saw the transit begin just before local sunset. The far northwest of America, the Arctic, the western Pacific, and east Asia will witness the entire passage. The UK and Europe, the Middle East, and eastern African must wait for local sunrise to see the closing stages of the transit.


Venus appears as a small black dot moving slowly but surely across the solar disc. Many citizens keen to get a view of the transit themselves have been attending special events at universities and observatories where equipment for safe viewing has been set up. For others, internet streams have provided an easy way to follow Venus’s slow trek. Scientists have been observing the transit to test ideas that will help them probe Earth-like planets elsewhere in the galaxy, and to learn more about Venus itself and its complex atmosphere.

Venus transits occur four times in approximately 243 years; more precisely, they appear in pairs of events separated by about eight years and these pairs are separated by about 105 or 121 years. The reason for the long intervals lies in the fact that the orbits of Venus and Earth do not lie in the same plane and a transit can only occur if both planets and the Sun are situated exactly on one line.

This has happened only seven times in the telescopic age: in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004. Once the latest transit has passed, the next pair will not occur until 2117 and 2125.

Do you think the 2012 Transit of Venus is significant? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: National Geographic