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Colombian model (30) accused in drugs ring

A Colombian model accused of leading a drug-trafficking gang that persuaded pretty young women to smuggle cocaine to Mexico has been arrested after evading Argentine police for five months.

Angie Sanclemente Valencia had been hiding out in Buenos Aires since December, when airport police caught a 21-year-old Argentine woman with 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of cocaine in her baggage boarding a flight to Cancun. That led to arrests of six other alleged gang members who allegedly fingered Colombia's former "coffee queen" as a ringleader.

Argentina's media quickly dubbed Sanclemente the 'Narco Queen', but two officials involved in the case said that her specific role in the smuggling organisation has not been established.

"When they organised the trafficking of cocaine to Mexico, she participated in the meetings," said one of the sources, both of whom agreed to discuss the case on condition they not be identified because the investigation was still open.

Police were able to determine Sanclemente's identity because she had made quite an impression upon her arrival in Argentina, flying first class with a Pomeranian dog, the other official said.

The model (30) was captured yesterday in a hostel for foreigners in the fashionable Palermo neighbourhood, an airport police spokesman said.