SANTIAGO – Customs agents found more than 22,000 Ecstasy pills in the luggage of an arriving passenger at Santiago International Airport, Chilean authorities said on Wednesday.
The passenger was identified only as a 51-year-old woman with Chilean citizenship.
Officials also declined to specify the point of origin of the flight beyond saying that the plane took off from a city in Europe.
Agents examined the woman’s luggage after a routine scan revealed the presence of suspicious-looking items.
Opening the suitcase, they found a false bottom that concealed nine packages containing 22,581 Ecstasy pills as well as 705 grams (1.55 lbs.) of the drug in powder form.
The customs service handed over the woman and the drugs to police.