German customs agents say they found 45 kilograms of heroin woven into a shipment of Iranian rugs, and a number of people have been arrested in connection with the case.
A customs officer shows sheathed cords containing heroin, that were woven into Iranian carpets
(photo by Arno Burgi, AFP)
Officials said on January 28 that the nine carpets, which had arrived in Germany after being shipped from Iran, raised the suspicions of inspectors at an airport in the city of Leipzig because they seemed heavier than normal.
X-rays of the shipment revealed that highly refined heroin worth several million dollars had been woven into the rugs, which were due to be shipped on to Poland, France, Belgium, and Africa.
The discovery has so far led to the arrests of an unclear number of suspects in Poland, France, and Belgium.
Based on reporting by dpa and AFP
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