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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Santa Claus brought an unusual gift for some Rio schoolchildren this holiday season -- a bag of marijuana.

Police in the Brazilian capital said two teenagers were spotted selling Santa dolls at the entrance of a municipal school next to a slum not far from the city center.

The dolls opened up like Easter eggs, each containing sweets and a small plastic bag of marijuana.

The suspects abandoned 24 dolls and ran away into the slum when police came to arrest them.


Rio's teeming slums are notorious for the drugs trade. Drug gangs often use young children as foot soldiers and pushers.
 
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