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Thursday May 22, 2014

Police Bust “Narco-Pizzeria” in Argentina

Argentine police on Wednesday busted a band of drug traffickers who sold marijuana and cocaine at a “narco-pizzeria,” hiding the illegal merchandise in the food and alerting their drug customers to that fact by using the name of actress Dolores Fonzi, authorities said.

The band ran a shop in Lanus, on the outskirts of the capital, where police found 83 grams of cocaine, 83 grams of marijuana, a revolver, a shotgun, photos of the actress and 2,500 pesos ($310) in cash.

Lanus police chief Fabian Perroni told reporters that three people were arrested - two men and a woman - and they “used the pizzeria as a front ... (and that) they had classified their customers” into two groups, one group to whom they offered the drug menu and the other to whom they showed a “clean” menu.

On the drug menu, a “Dolores Fonzi empanada,” a type of meat-filled pastry or pie, cost 50 pesos ($6) while the “special” mozzarella pizza served up with three small bags of drugs cost 100 pesos ($12).

The police chief said that the actress, the wife of Mexican actor Gabriel Garcia Bernal, could file suit against the owners of the pizza shop for linking her name and her image with drug sales.

Last month, Fonzi had expressed her support for the law legalizing marijuana in Uruguay and admitted that she was a regular pot user.

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