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Italian priest jailed for cocaine possession April 15, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Odd World.

An Italian priest was sentenced Thursday to three-and-a-half years in jail for possessing cocaine with the intention of selling it, the ANSA news agency reported.

Father Stefano Ciacca, 44, was arrested last September in possession of half a kilogram (about a pound) of cocaine with a street value of about $675,000. A police dog had detected the drug in a package mailed from South America and addressed to a certain Don Ziliotti in Perugia. After some sleuthing, police identified Ciacca, arrested him, and searched his home, where they found a small scale, substances to cut with the cocaine, and some marijuana, ANSA said.

The priest claimed to be unaware of the contents of the package, which he said was given to him by someone he was helping “on a spiritual path.”

ANSA said the two men had gone to Colombia last year and used Ciacca’s savings to buy the cocaine, which they mailed to Italy.

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