16 kilograms of drugs seized at Lima airport



Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. (Photo: masaru_yoshiyama/Flickr)

Peru’s anti-drug agents confiscated over 16 kilos of cocaine at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport, from two travelers who were heading for São Paulo, Brazil and Madrid, Spain, La República reports.

Police first took into custody 54-year-old Spanish citizen Miguel Angel Fernández Escalante, who was carrying 4.9 kilos of cocaine hidden in his suitcase. Fernández was attempting to board a flight to Amsterdam with final destination Madrid. He was arrested at 5:30 p.m. yesterday in the departure lounge for KLM airlines.

Hours later, at 12:15 a.m. this morning, anti-drug agents arrested 21-year-old Peruvian citizen Agustín Illua García with 11.4 kilos of cocaine in his luggage. He had been planning to travel to São Paulo.

Illua was also subject to an X-ray examination in Callao’s hospital, where he was declared to possess “presence of a foreign body in the abdominal cavity.” He confessed to having ingested capsules containing drugs of an unknown quantity.