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May 26th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

360° Follow: Alleged Colombian drug queen detained

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/26/art.sanclemente1.jpg caption="Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for former model Angie Sanclemente "]
Editor's Note: Read and watch CNN's Karl Penhaul's original report on alleged drug queenpin Angie Sanclemente.

Brian Byrnes
CNN

Angie Sanclemente, a former beauty queen, was detained by police Wednesday afternoon at a hostel in Buenos Aires, according to a spokesman for the Argentina Airport Security Police.

Sanclemente is a 30-year-old who authorities say set out to establish herself as the leader of a cartel that would use models and beauty queens to run drugs from South America to Europe.

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According to PSA spokesman Maximiliano Lencina, Sanclemente was staying at the K-Lodges Hostel in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

"Thanks to the information we received from Interpol, we were able to locate and detain her today," said Lencina.

Sanclemente was registered at the hostel - popular with foreign university students - under the name "Annie," Lencina said. He added
that she had dyed her brown hair to blonde, and was alone in the hostel when detained.

Local media reports said that Sanclemente has told other people staying at the hostel that she was from Mexico.

Lencina said Sanclemente has been in touch with her lawyer, and will be questioned tomorrow by an Argentine federal judge. She will be transported Wednesday afternoon to PSA offices at the Ezeiza International Airport.

"We believe she played an important role in the drug trafficking organization," said Lencina.

Yaneth Valencia, Sanclemente's mother, showed up at the hostel where Angie is being held, and told reporters that "there is a plot against her," according to local television reports.

"I came here to help my daughter," she said. "She is afraid that she will be raped. ... They are using my daughter. My daughter is innocent."


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Good...I hope that this is a start. Now they are using models and beauty queens, what's next children?

    May 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  2. Roland Roman

    Sanclemente's organization has targeted Europe as a spot for exporting drugs, specifically in England. Even with her arrest, someone will likely step up to fill the void and continue the operation. It's happening with Mexico's cartels everyday. Authorities should simultaneously focus their attention on the money trail. Any sum of money is essential to dismantling a criminal empire; without that, the cartels will have no resources to purchase weapons and other materials used to harm individuals.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm |