Oddly Enough

Argentine smuggles cocaine in chocolate cookies

A view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco in this November, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police arrested an Argentine woman allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine to Spain hidden in chocolate-coated alfajores -- cookies popular in the southern nations of South America.

Alicia Arce, 29, was detained at Santiago airport on Monday after police found 17.6 pounds (8 kg) of cocaine hidden in the foil-wrapped cookies.

They said she was planning to fly to the Spanish city of Seville and believe the drugs may have come from Bolivia.

“Investigations are continuing in Argentina as well as in Spain,” police subcommissioner Elias Arriagada said.