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Drug Dealers Molded Cocaine Into Manolo Blahniks

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/07/2011 6:48 am Updated: 01/30/2012 1:57 pm

We've heard women discuss their love for shoes as an addiction.

But drug dealers in Spain took the high heel-as-drug metaphor quite literally when they smuggled cocaine from Colombia to Spain in the form of fake Manolo Blahniks.

The drug smuggling endeavor was run up by a Colombian man and his wife, who molded paste-like cocaine into the shape of a shoe and slapped it with the label "Manolo Blahnik."

When the "shoes" would arrive to Spain, the New York Post writes, several men would be in charge of returning the paste to its original white powder form and distributing the drugs.

Each coked-up heel had a street value of 50,000 euros a pair, or about $69,000, reports the Telegraph.

Basque news site EITB.com reports that anti-narcotics squads in the Spanish city of Bilbao arrested six individuals and seized 4 kilos of cocaine in the culmination of a year-long effort to catch the shoe-savvy dealers that was dubbed, unsurprisingly, Operation Manolos.

Although we do not condone drug trafficking, we can't help but be impressed by the dealers' cleverness. We just have one lingering question: were there any pairs of Carrie Bradshaw's "Something Blue" Satin pumps in the bunch?

Read more at EITB.com.

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