Gang smuggled drugs in baby prams

27th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The gang placed cannabis under mattresses of baby prams before placing newborn babies in them to avoid arousing suspicion.

Madrid – Spanish police said Wednesday they had smashed an international drug-trafficking ring which smuggled cannabis by hiding it in prams under newborn babies.

Twenty-one people from Spain, France, Britain, Morocco and Chile have been arrested, police said in a statement.

Thirteen have been charged with drug smuggling after the police operation in the southern Spanish regions of Malaga and Cadiz, and the Spanish territory of Ceuta in Morocco.

Police said members of the gang concealed hashish in the mattresses of prams and then placed a baby -- often a newborn -- inside.

This was to avoid arousing the suspicion of customs officials as the drugs were taken into Spain, police allege.

Once the drugs arrived in Spain, they were placed in cars and transported to France, the statement added.

Members of the gang are also accused of smuggling cocaine by disguising it as chocolate bars, which were sent in the post.

Others allegedly stole cars and sold them in Morocco.

AFP / Expatica

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