The Colombian authorities have dismantled a drug gang accused of recruiting women to smuggle liquid cocaine into Spain in their breast implants.
The organisation, called ‘Los Cirujanos’ (‘The Surgeons’), was smashed during two raids in the city of Cali in the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca and the city of Medellin in the department of Antioquia.
In total, six men and four women were arrested for trafficking drugs into Spain and the rest of Europe.
One of the detainees has been identified as a renowned Medellin hospital doctor, and another suspect is a specialist at a hospital in Cali.
Another detainee is accused of pretending to be a doctor to recruit female victims with promises of a job in Spain.
The gang allegedly recruited women and made them undergo illegal operations in hotel rooms or rented apartments to implant liquid cocaine in their boob.
They also used so-called calf implants designed to give women more shapely legs to smuggle the drugs by replacing the silicon with liquid cocaine.
The women were later send to Madrid where the implants were removed by gang members.
The victims usually flew out of the Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport in Cali and the El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport serving the Colombian capital Bogota.
All suspects have been sent to a preventative prison as the investigation continues.