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And to think we all believed that air cargo security was fairly stringent. Apparently that’s not the case at Air France, which, according to a statement by the airline, had “unidentified bags introduced in an illicit way somewhere along the loading chain of containers due to be boarded onto the aircraft”. Those 31 suitcases, on AF385 from Caracas earlier this month, luckily did not contain bombs, but 1.3 tons of cocaine. Although the deputy station manager in Venezuela has been placed in custody, the carrier said it was “a normal procedure in such circumstances. It does not imply any kind of responsibility, or any role in this affair.”

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