Tough sentence for Brit found with heroin in his car
A British man caught with ten packets of pure heroin in his car has been fined one million euros and given a four and a half year prison sentence.
The 33-year-old man was warned that unless he pays up within 15 days, he will have a further three months added to the jail term.
The sentence was handed out by a court in Spain for the offence of possessing five kilos of uncut heroin.
The incident took place last April and was the largest seizure of cocaine in Extremadura in the last ten years.
The Brit was caught on the A-66 in Badajoz when the Civil Guard stopped his rental car. The man tried to run away but was caught after just 200 metres.
Police then found ten packets of heroin stashed under the driver’s seat. The drugs were contained in a backpack and the intention was to sell it on to a third party.
The heroin was said to have been of “high purity” and could have made 46,300 doses.
The prosecution had originally asked for an eight year prison sentence but the two-part penalty was confirmed this morning by the court in Badajoz.
The man has been in prison since his arrest. The court has made it clear the sentence is final and there is no right of appeal.