Communists: The New Strategy

She tripped prettily off Viasa Flight 737 with her fiancé, and was walking toward immigration at the Caracas terminal when sharp-eyed Venezuelan plainclothesmen decided she was too round to be real. When they searched Josefa Ventosa Jiménez, 22, they found that the fetching passenger from Rome was wearing a specially made girdle stuffed with 1,200 crisp $100 bills. Her companion, Alessandro Beltramini, 53, a Milan physician and longtime Communist, was also well padded: his vest yielded $150,000.

Though Caracas police in recent months have maintained a sharp lookout for couriers who they believe...

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