Cocaine swept away as deluge floods Galicia

25th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2006, MADRID — Bags of cocaine were washed onto beaches in the torrential rains which lashed Galicia.

25 October 2006

MADRID — Bags of cocaine were washed onto beaches in the torrential rains which lashed Galicia.

As cleaners continued their work to get soot and other debris off the beaches on Wednesday, they came across seven bags of cocaine.

The drug was thought to have been smuggled in from Portugal to Galicia in northwest Spain in what is a popular route for gangs.

The soot had built up during the summer's forest fires in the region.

Meanwhile, six provinces were bracing themselves for more heavy rains and gale force winds.

Extremadura, Western Andalucía, Castilla-Leon, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country were all given storm warnings by the forecasters.

In the Coast of Death in Galicia, villages had been flooded, houses inundated, and school pupils stranded at school. 

The village of Cee, near La Coruna, was the worst hit as rocks and soot, swept down from the woods.

José Antonio Domínguez, mayor of Cee, said: "There are real seas of mud, rocks and earth coming down."

And authorities said one fisherman was missing in La Coruna after falling into the River Muros y Noia, near the town of Serra de Outes.

Meanwhile, in Huelva, in Andalucia, the hunt was still on for the third occupant of a car which was swept when the River Odiel in Aracena when it burst its banks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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