June 23, 2018 7:26 pm
Updated: June 23, 2018 7:37 pm

Drug traffickers are using World Cup merchandise to smuggle cocaine

WATCH: Authorities in Argentina confiscate fake World Cup trophies made of cocaine

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Some South American drug traffickers appear to be trying to take advantage of FIFA World Cup fervour to smuggle cocaine in soccer merchandise.

Colombian police seized 14 team jerseys that that were laced with a substance that turns into cocaine when treated.

The jerseys, which were reportedly en route to Spain, were laced with about five kilos of cocaine.

WATCH: Bogota police seize fake Colombia World Cup shirts laced with cocaine

Meanwhile, in Argentina, authorities arrested four men and two women linked to “Narcos de la Copa,” a group that was trafficking cocaine and marijuana using replica World Cup trophies.

Some 10 kilos of cocaine, 1800 doses of crack cocaine and 200 kilos of marijuana were seized in the operation.

— With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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