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July 26, 2005
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Austrian police find 24 kilograms of cocaine at airport lost-and-found

The Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria- Police at the Vienna Airport on Tuesday found 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated euro13.4 million (US$16 million) at a lost-and-found counter, police said.

The narcotics were in a suitcase that had been at airport lost items counter for almost a month, police said in a statement.

The drugs were placed in 22 bags wrapped in an oily foul-smelling paper, in an apparent attempt to irritate police dogs specially trained to detect narcotics, police said.

The suitcase had been by mistakenly checked in at Mexico City along with the luggage of a 60-year-old Austrian tourist, who had left it at the lost-and-found counter.

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