104 Cocaine Capsules Removed From Girl, 11

Father dumped her at a hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2014 1:15 AM CST
104 Cocaine Capsules Removed From Girl, 11
Cocaine packets and pellets are seen at a forensic imaging center.    (AP Photo/University of Bern, Patricia Flach)

An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after doctors removed from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her swallow to smuggle drugs to Europe, police in Colombia say. Officers are hunting for the girl's father, who was seen on closed-circuit TV rushing into an emergency room in Cali with his daughter in his arms, then coolly leaving minutes later. The capsules contained more than a pound of narcotics, police say. Cops raided the man's home and say they found a plane ticket to Madrid in the girl's name. "In 30 years of service I've seen all kinds of strategies to smuggle drugs, but nothing as reprehensible as this," says the commander of the Cali police. Colombia's child welfare institute says it will take custody of the child. (More Colombia stories.)

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