German agents caught a 15-year-old Swiss girl smuggling cocaine hidden inside a teddy bear, the customs service said Wednesday.
Customs officers on an express train headed for Switzerland at the end of April grew suspicious because of the 32-inch (80-centimeter) tall bear's unusually heavy weight and an extra seam on its stomach.
The girl initially said that the toy was a gift from a friend in Amsterdam, but eventually admitted that it contained cocaine that she was smuggling from the Netherlands to Switzerland, the customs service in Stuttgart said.
Seventy-two packets of the drug, with a street value of about $64,000, were found inside the bear. The girl said she was paid 3,000 Swiss francs ($2,470) as a courier, the service said.
An investigation to find the leaders of the smuggling operation was under way.