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Woman From Panamá Caught Trying to Smuggle Cocaine in her Breast Implants

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22:  A TSA officer demonstrates what the images form the Advanced Imaging Technology unit look like at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 8 passenger security checkpoint on October 22, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York City.  The new backscatter X-ray full-body scanners, which are optional, can see through clothing and will screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats including explosives.  (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: A TSA officer demonstrates what the images form the Advanced Imaging Technology unit look like at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 8 passenger security checkpoint on October 22, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York City. The new backscatter X-ray full-body scanners, which are optional, can see through clothing and will screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats including explosives. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)  (2010 Getty Images)

A Panamanian woman was arrested in a Barcelona airport with 1.6 pounds of cocaine hidden in her breast implants.

Spanish authorities said the 20-year old, who had flown in from Bogotá, Colombia, gave herself away by acting nervously during the immigration process. They then took her to a room where, upon physical inspection, noticed a blood-stained gauze on her chest and fresh scars underneath her breasts.

She was then sent to the hospital where doctors removed her implants and found the drug. She was carrying half a kilo in each breast.

European authorities routinely submit passengers arriving from Latin America to stringent checks to combat drug smuggling.

With reporting by The Associated Press.

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