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  • 01:51:46 pm on March 27, 2010 | 0
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    Model, allegedly drug queen, on the lam

    Barranquilla, Colombia (CNN) — She pouts her collagen-filled lips and totters on golden stilettos as she parades down the catwalk. Camera flashes pop in the shaky video recording of the photo shoot. Colombian model Angie Sanclemente is an object of desire.

    But that was 10 years ago. Now Sanclemente is one of South America’s “most wanted.” The fallen beauty is on the run; Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for her.

    The woman whose ambition took her from poverty to a life of glamour is thought to be in Argentina. Authorities there suspect she may be the “queen pin” of an international operation that uses models as drug mules to move suitcases loaded with cocaine out of Buenos Aires airport.

    “I am convinced Sanclemente is heavily involved in drug trafficking but I still cannot determine exactly what role she plays,” one Argentine source close to the investigation tells CNN.

    Six people, four men and two women, have so far been detained. Among them a 21-year-old named only as “Maria”, who was arrested at Buenos Aires airport in December as she tried to board a flight bound for Cancun, Mexico with 55 kg (120 pounds) of cocaine. That could be worth more than $3.3 million once sold on the streets of the United States or Europe, according to estimates from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    read more http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/24/colombia.drug.queen/index.html?hpt=C1

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