BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombian police say an 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after doctors removed from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her swallow to smuggle drugs out of the country.
Officers are hunting for the girl’s father. He was seen on closed circuit television rushing Monday into an emergency room in Cali with his daughter in his arms, then leaving alone minutes later.
The capsules contained about a half-kilogramme (more than a pound) of narcotics.
Police raided the man’s home and say they found a plane ticket to Madrid in the girl’s name.
General Hoover Penilla, commander of the Cali police, says in 30 years “I’ve seen all kinds of strategies to smuggle drugs but nothing as reprehensible as this.”