Cocaine seizures in Spain surge 29%: government

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Police seizures of cocaine in Spain, the main country of entry for drug-smuggling into Europe, surged by more than a quarter in 2013 to 27 tonnes, the government said Monday.

The amount of hashish seized declined meanwhile, the interior ministry said in a statement, detailing its latest annual drug-smuggling data.

The 26.

7 tonnes of cocaine seized last year was 28.

6 percent higher than the amount in 2012, although the amount had been generally declining over the past decade, it said.

Police arrested 22,878 people in anti-drug trafficking raids in 2013, it added.

Seizures of hashish declined by 2.

4 percent in 2013 compared to the year before, to a total of 319 tonnes, it said.

Hashish seizures have been steadily decreasing since 2009.

In 2012, nearly three quarters of all the hashish and more than 41 percent of all the cocaine confiscated in Europe were seized in Spain, according to the ministry's latest data.

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