October 5, 2007 / 4:56 PM / 13 years ago

Customs find beetles stuffed with cocaine

An 80-millimetre long stag beetle is seen at an insect speciality store in this 1999 file photo. Dutch customs officers found 100 dead beetles stuffed with cocaine while examining a parcel from Peru, Dutch authorities said Thursday. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch customs officers found 100 dead beetles stuffed with cocaine while examining a parcel from Peru, Dutch authorities said Thursday.

The little drug couriers’ bodies had been slit open and filled with a total of 300 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street-value of 8,000 euros ($11,270).

“This is a very striking method of smuggling. We have never seen anything like this before,” said government spokesman Kees Nanninga.

Officers decided to open the parcel after scanning it and seeing what appeared to be insects inside.

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