$270M of cocaine found in luggage on plane

The suitcases came from Caracas aboard an Air France flight to Paris, didn't match any passengers on board


By Holly Yan
CNN.com

France — There was something odd about the 30 suitcases that showed up on a flight from Venezuela. The colorful bags weren't registered to any of the passengers on the plane.

When French officials opened them up, they discovered why — 1.3 tons of pure cocaine were stuffed inside the anonymous bags. The street value of the stash? About 200 million euros, or $270 million.

On Sunday, Venezuela's Public Ministry said that authorities had detained three members of the National Guard in connection with the incident. It wasn't immediately clear exactly what they are accused of doing.

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