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Cocaine-Filled Condoms Intercepted On Their Way To Vatican

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German authorities intercepted 14 condoms containing nearly $55,000 in liquid cocaine that were headed to the Vatican.

The package was shipped from South America in January, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Authorities at Leipzig airport discovered 340 grams of cocaine in the shipment, according to a customs report.

It was addressed simply to the Vatican postal office, where it might have fallen into the hands of any of the 800 residents there.

German police organized a sting operation with the help of the Vatican police, but no one ever claimed the package. Investigators believe someone may have tipped off the recipient.

A spokesman for the German Finance Ministry confirmed The Associated Press report. Leipzig prosecutors plan to issue a statement on the matter Monday.

Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian

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