LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Mexican man was arrested for trying to smuggle about 6.6 pounds (2.9 kilograms) of cocaine to his country inside the bellies of two St. Bernard dogs, one of which later died, Peruvian authorities said Friday.
Local police chief Basilio Grossman said the drugs were placed inside the bodies of the large dogs during an operation in a hotel room.
Police veterinarians removed bags of drugs from a male dog named Bombon and a female called Lola. They suffered from grave peritonitis, an infection of the tissue lining the abdomen's inner wall, as well as high fevers and vomiting.
Bombon died from the infection on Friday afternoon, Peru's Andina state news agency reported.
Authorities said Giussepe Tombolan, 22, was arrested Thursday several weeks after he arrived in Peru with the dogs. Grossman said it was the first time Peruvian officials had discovered someone trying to smuggle drugs inside dogs.