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article imageColombian with ham, cheese and cocaine sandwich arrested in Spain

By Anne Sewell     May 8, 2014 in Crime
Benidorm - There's nothing quite like a cured ham and cheese "bocadillo" or sandwich, a popular and traditional snack in Spain, but this one held an additional ingredient of the wrong kind.
Yesterday Digital Journal commented on the initiative of South American drug traffickers, after 2.5 tons of cocaine were seized in a shipment of pineapples all the way from Costa Rica. Now it is the turn of Colombia, albeit on a much smaller scale.
A young Colombian national was arrested recently in Benidorm, Spain after police found the tasty ham and cheese sandwich he was carrying was stuffed with over 100 grams of cocaine.
As can be seen in the photo supplied by the National Police, the sandwich is shown to contain nine cylindrical plastic capsules of cocaine dotted among the ham and cheese.
According to the Spanish media, the incident occurred on April 29, when police saw the 29-year-old man leaving the bus station in a quick and suspicious looking way. Police then proceeded to identify the young man and noticed he was nervous and gave inconsistent answers, so they decided to search him and found the cocaine capsules hidden in the sandwich.
The young man explained to police that he had a ticket to fly to Pamplona and was going to sleep over at his friend's home in Benidorm. On searching the friend's home, police found a further kilo of cocaine along with several marijuana buds and also detained the 20-year-old Colombian national. Apparently both men held previous records for drug trafficking.
Spain retains close ties with its former colonies, making it a convenient entry point for traffickers into Europe, if they don't get caught first.
Spanish language sources:
La Vanguardia
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