Customs officials intercept shipment of cocaine bound for the Vatican

A cocaine shipment bound for the Vatican has been seized by German law enforcement.

Customs officers at Leipzig Airport found 340 grams of the Class A drug, valued at €40,000 (£33,470 or $55,200 USD), stuffed into 14 condoms and hidden in a shipment of cushions coming from an unnamed South American country.

The package was addressed simply to the Vatican’s postal office, meaning any of the Catholic mini-state’s 800 residents could have picked it up.

A sting operation arranged with Vatican Police did not manage to lure in a possible recipient for the drugs.

The bust was made in January but has just been revealed today by German newspaper, Bild am Sonntag.

The investigation has been taken over by Interpol’s Vatican office.

The Vatican declined to comment on the incident.