Germans Intercept Cocaine-Filled Condoms Destined For Vatican

ASSOCIATED PRESS

If someone within Vatican City was trying to smuggle a shipment of cocaine into the Catholic mini-state, they’re certainly not coming forward to claim it now.

German customs officials at Leipzig airport intercepted a shipment in January that contained 340 grams of cocaine packed into 14 condoms inside a package of cushions from South America, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

According to the Associated Press, Bild am Sonntag cited a German customs report that said the package was addressed to the Vatican postal office, which means any of 800 residents could have picked it up.

But the identity of the city’s resident drug fiend is still unknown, according to the AP, as a sting operation coordinated by Vatican and German police failed to determine the intended recipient of the package.

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