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German customs find heroin hidden in Iranian carpets

Published on Jan 28, 2014 10:23 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - German customs officials have found 45kg of heroin hidden inside the fabric of Iranian carpets intercepted at an airport.

The nine carpets, with heroin-packed chords in their weave, were bound for Poland, France, Belgium and Africa. The drugs had a street value of several million euros.

The find led to arrests in the three European destination countries, said customs service spokeswoman Heike Wilsdorf, without giving numbers or further details.

The highly-refined heroin was packed inside sheathed cords that were "extremely cleverly and elaborately woven into nine carpets," said a customs service statement on Tuesday.

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