Cocaine-stuffed buttons from UK seized in Spain
Police have detained a man on drug trafficking charges, after seizing 107 buttons stuffed with cocaine shipped from Britain.Madrid – Police have seized 107 buttons stuffed with cocaine, shipped from Britain to an address in the south of Spain, and detained one suspect in the case, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
The buttons – sent to Roquetas de Mar, a Mediterranean resort town popular with British tourists – contained half a kilogram (1.1 pounds) of Venezuelan cocaine, it said in a statement.
Police detained the unidentified 25-year-old after determining that he was the intended recipient of the package, in an operation carried out with the co-operation of British police and Europol.
"At the time of his arrest he attacked a police officer and attempted to flee but was caught after a short pursuit. Among his belongings was a false passport," the interior ministry said.
The man faces charges for assaulting an officer, usurpation, possessing false documents and illegal immigration in addition to drug trafficking charges.
Spain is Europe's main entry point for cocaine from South America, mostly from Colombia, although much of it now is transported via West Africa.
AFP / Expatica