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France to Protest U.S. Detention of Envoy for Cocaine Check

From United Press International

France said today that it is protesting to the United States over the “unacceptable” behavior of customs agents in Miami who detained for nine hours a French diplomat whom they suspected of carrying cocaine, the Foreign Ministry said.

The agents held the diplomat Tuesday at Miami International Airport after a check by sniffer dogs and X-rays led them to believe that his diplomatic pouch contained cocaine, the ministry said in a statement.

The envoy arrived on an American Airlines flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was transferring to a flight for Kingston, Jamaica, when drugs were suspected, customs spokesman Michael Sheehan said.

The spokesman said that the diplomat permitted a customs agent to X-ray the bag but that no drugs were found.

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