German officials intercepted 14 condoms filled with almost $55,000 worth of liquid cocaine that were on their way to the Vatican, in an incident that happened in January this year, but has been confirmed just today by the German Finance Ministry, which also oversees the customs office.
According to German weekly newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, 12 ounces (340 grams) of the drug were found packed into condoms inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America by the officers at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig. The drugs were valued at tens of thousands of euros if sold in the streets.
A ministry spokesman said, “I can confirm the incident as reported… but we cannot say anything more about the case.” He added that the case was now being handled by local prosecutors.
The package was not addressed to any one person, and it simply had the address of the Vatican postal office. This means the package could have been picked up and claimed by any of the Catholic mini-state’s 800 residents.
Interestingly, even though concerned authorities had tried to nab the recipient of the package, in a sting operation in alliance with the Vatican office of Interpol, the lack of anyone coming to claim the package had led to failed plans, indicating that the recipient had been alerted to the authorities’ plans.
Further information on the drug bust will be issued on Monday by the Leipzing prosecutors, according to an Associated Press report.
The interception of the condoms filled with cocaine on their way to the Vatican is unremarkable as it is not the first time illegal substance transportation has been attempted in an unusual manner – remember the woman who had tried to smuggle cocaine in her breast implants in 2012? However, it is the destination which has been raising eyebrows.
Social media users took to Facebook and Twitter to share the news on their home pages, often with amusing comments. Some made fun of what they called “real loaded condoms” and hoping that photos of the condoms would soon be able available, while others said that Vatican is not as innocent as it seems after all.
Many tagged their friends on Facebook to make it viral. It may not come as a surprise that the most shares were made by the male gender. One Facebook user shared the news story on his wall along with a witty retort, “This happened in Jan n [sic] confirmed now? Maybe the officials were too busy getting high and using the condoms to inform b4 [sic].” Another Facebook user commented, “Haha. Condoms AND drugs on their way to Vatican? Looks like they are not as innocent as they seem after all.
Twitter users also retweeted the story. One twitter user, Atheist Bruce Lee shared the story and said, “I thought they didn’t believe in condom use? Another user ‘Toinette tweeted the story with the title “Condom of heaven.”
Social media users are having a good laugh over the news that condoms filled with cocaine were intercepted on their way to Vatican. The issue of the drug haul has become second to the fact that condoms were the choice of transportation for the smugglers.
By Faryal Najeeb