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Colombia nabs Spain's oldest ever 'drug mule'

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Colombia nabs Spain's oldest ever 'drug mule'
Barcelona native Jose Molla apparently decided that being on the wrong side of the law was worth the risk. File Photo: Ashraful Kadir
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A 78-year-old Spanish senior citizen has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the oldest drug mule ever busted in Colombia.

Barcelona native Jose Molla apparently decided that being on the wrong side of the law was worth the risk — until he was busted last week at El Dorado international loaded with 27 capsules of cocaine in his stomach, police said on Wednesday.

The arresting police unit stated: "Jose Molla Martinez becomes the oldest foreign citizen caught in Colombia serving as a human courier."

But Molla still needs more experience if he wants to take the oldest-ever title: an 82-year-old Colombian was caught ten years ago.

It is not very common for cops to find the elderly working as mules.

But police said Molla looked "nervous" as he tried to smuggle out the illegal drugs. They took an X-ray and found him internally packing 400 grams of coke.

Now he's in Bogota's not necessarily cozy La Picota prison -- hardly the sunny Spanish retirement Molla may have had in mind.

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