Ex-Argentian Model Arrested On Drug Trafficking

Angela Sanclemente, 30, was arrested in a hostel in Buenos Aires’ Palermo neighborhood for drug trafficking charges. Investigators allege that Sanclemente may have been the “queen-pin” of an international operation that uses models as drug mules to move suitcases loaded with cocaine out of the Buenos Aires airport. Reportedly, she’s been disputing these charges via her Facebook page. Peep CNN’s excerpt:

Sanclemente first hit the headlines in 2000 when she was 20. She won Colombia’s prestigious Queen of Coffee beauty pageant. Victory was short-lived. Judges dethroned her after two days when they found she had been married, contrary to competition rules.That marriage — to a Barranquilla, Colombia, businessman — lasted three months in 1998. He paid for her to study journalism at Barranquilla’s university.

A university friend, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said Sanclemente dropped out of college after three semesters and spent tuition fees on silicone breast implants instead. That friend said Sanclemente idolized Colombia’s then-top model Natalia Paris. She dyed her hair blond and imitated Paris’ distinctive accent to appear more like her.

Paris married a drug trafficker turned DEA informant, known as Julio Correa. He was killed in 2001 by his former associates when he returned to Colombia from Miami, Florida. Drug underworld sources said he was cut up in a meat grinder.

Sanclemente left Colombia around 2005 and headed to Mexico, where she continued to pick up modeling assignments and bit-part roles as a TV actress, according to friends.

She has quite an interesting story. Peep the full story via CNN.

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