- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2014

German authorities have intercepted a package headed to the Vatican containing condoms filled with cocaine, the finance ministry said Sunday.

Officers at Leipzig airport found 12 ounces of the drug in liquid form that had been poured into 14 condoms and packed inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America, the Agence France-Presse reported. The narcotics were valued at $55,200,

The package was addressed to the main postal center at the Vatican.

“I can confirm the incident as reported,” the spokesman said, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

According to AFP, authorities handed the parcel to a police officer at the Vatican with the aim of laying a trap for someone trying to claim it.

The box had remained there since January, however, and investigators believe the intended recipient was likely tipped off that the package had been intercepted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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