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article imageIrish man arrested after throwing €3.3M cocaine from hotel window

By Anne Sewell     Aug 12, 2014 in Odd News
Valencia - A 39-year-old Irish man, possibly suffering from paranoia, has been arrested by police in Valencia, Spain for possession of 55 kgs of cocaine. He made it known he possessed the drugs by throwing a suitcase full of cocaine from his hotel window.
Referred to only as P.G. by Spain's police, the Irish man apparently entered his room in the four-star Tryp Valencia Oceanic hotel on Friday evening and shortly afterwards flung one of his suitcases out of the eighth floor window.
Reportedly the suitcase fell into an interior patio and hotel staff who found it, noted that it was full of cocaine and immediately called the police.
On arrival, the police officers found the man, who was apparently awaiting a replacement door key after locking himself out of his room when going to search for his suitcase. In the room, the suspect apparently had a second, very similar suitcase, and reacted violently when the police arrived, attempting to resist arrest.
According to other guests at the hotel, the man was subdued with little difficulty and arrested by the police officers.
On a later search of the room, it was found to have been damaged during his very short stay. The bath was apparently full of water and the ceiling of the bathroom damaged where an air conditioning grill had been removed. It is thought the man was looking for somewhere to hide his stash, before he apparently became paranoid and decided to throw the suitcase from the window.
According to police, the two suitcases held 55 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of over €3.3 million ($4.4 million).
While the man had no previous criminal record, a worker at the hotel did note that he appeared "spaced out, with a lost look." According to police sources, they are speculating that the man may have become paranoid under the belief that rival drug traffickers were after him.
Spanish sources:
El Norte de Castillo
Las Provincias
El Correo
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