Colombian police seize World Cup replica made of cocaine
A replica of a World Cup trophy seized by Colombian authorities at the Botota airport was made of 11 kilogrammes of cocaine, police said.sports Updated: Jul 04, 2010 15:40 IST
A replica of a World Cup trophy seized by Colombian authorities at the Botota airport was made of 11 kilogrammes of cocaine, police said.
Gold paint in "bad condition" on the trophy's surface aroused the suspicion of investigators, who sent a sample of the trophy to a laboratory for forensic testing, the Colombian National Police said on Saturday.
Results showed that the replica was made of 11 kg of cocaine, CNN quoted the police as saying.
The 36 centimetre replica was packed along with several team jerseys in a shipment headed to Madrid, Spain.
The real trophy, designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga, is the same height, but is made of solid 18-carat gold and weighs 6.175 kgs. It bears the engraved year and name of each World Cup winner since 1974, according to FIFA, the international football federation.