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Model arrested for swallowing cocaine

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 17:16 IST

A model who has starred in a number of cosmetics and clothing advertisements, was arrested on Christmas eve after landing in Sicily, as she had swallowed 3lb of cocaine.

Julissa Mercedes’ body scan showed 98 bags of coke, worth nearly one million pounds, inside her.

She was allegedly on her way to Catania hotel, where she had to meet Mafia mobsters who had paid her 2,800 pounds to be a mule.

"She knew exactly what she was doing and we suspect she has brought consignments into Italy in the past. She has told us she was to check into the hotel and wait to be contacted," the Mirror quoted local police captain Sergio Cerra as saying.

Mercedes, mother of a child of six, initially denied carrying cocaine, but admitted her offence before her body scan revealed the 98 packets.

"It took until Boxing Day evening for the last ones to pass through her body," Captain Cerra said.

If convicted, Mercedes may be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.