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Argentine agents nab Peruvian allegedly smuggling cocaine to Africa inside hollow metal bolts
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ' Drug traffickers have invented a new twist in the smuggling racket. In Argentina, customs officials say they found a Peruvian man with a box of metal bolts in his baggage, trying to board a flight to South Africa.
Agents using a scanner discovered that the bolts, which came with nuts screwed on them, were hollowed out. A total of 45 pounds of cocaine was packed inside.
Argentina's tax agency announced Wednesday that the man was arrested and the cocaine seized before he could fly to Johannesburg.
(This version CORRECTS as bolts, insted of screws.)