20 Oct 2011

Beauty queen denies drug charges

6:24 am on 20 October 2011

A former Colombian beauty queen is on trial in Argentina for drug trafficking. She denies the charges.

Model Angie Sanclemente Valencia, 31, is accused of recruiting other young women to smuggle cocaine to Europe via Mexico.

She told the court in Buenos Aires she came to Argentina to get married, not to smuggle drugs.

''God knows I did it for love,'' she said.

Her boyfriend Nicolas Gualco and five other suspects are also on trial.

The BBC reports Ms Sanclemente was arrested in Buenos Aires in May last year after several months as a fugitive.

Her lawyers say there is no evidence against her, and that her only link with the case was her relationship with Mr Gualco.

The investigation began after another suspect was found carrying 55kg of cocaine boarding a flight to Cancun in Mexico.

In 2000 Ms Sanclemente won the title of Coffee Queen in Colombia, but had to return it when it was discovered she was married, in breach of the pageant's rules.