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Former Berlusconi secretary arrested with 24 kg of cocaine

Published on Mar 14, 2014 3:21 AM

ROME (REUTERS) - Italian police on Thursday arrested Federica Gagliardi, a woman who acted as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's secretary at two international summits in Canada in 2010, on suspicion of smuggling 24 kg of cocaine on a flight from Venezuela.

Ms Gagliardi, who is in her early 30s, was taken into custody at Rome's Fiumicino airport shortly after arriving on a flight from Caracas after police found the drugs in her carry-on luggage, a finance police spokesman said.

Officials provided no further details, but according to Italy's anti-drug police estimates the local street value of 24 kg of pure cocaine, after it is cut with other substances to be sold on, would be about 6.7 million euros (S$11.8 million).

The police did not say whether they found pure cocaine.

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