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The Nation

A Belgian diplomat smuggled 22 pounds of heroin into the United States in diplomatic pouches, acting as a courier in a major India-to-New York drug pipeline, authorities said in New York. Ludovicus Vastenavondt, 57, of the Belgian Embasssy in New Delhi, was one of seven men arrested in a five-month undercover investigation. An official said Vastenavondt cannot claim diplomatic immunity because he is not certified as a diplomat in the United States.


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