Police warn of new drug “80 times more powerful than cannabis”
Police have issued an urgent warning after discovering a new drug in Spain and arresting two British men on suspicion of peddling it.
They say the substance is 80 times more powerful than cannabis and can have a devastating effect on the human body.
Around 12,200 grams of the synthetic drug has been seized, with police estimating its street value at 3.5 million euros once processed and distributed in doses.
One of the Brits arrested is a 37-year-old man who was stopped at Alicante-Elche airport as he tried to flee the Spanish justice system.
The other British suspect is aged 36. He was caught by the police near a bar where a batch of drugs was due to be delivered.
“He was preparing to collect the packages,” said a police spokesman.
The substance was hidden inside a batch of bags which contained other treats and then inside coffee boxes.
The drug has a lumpy texture and light colour and is dissolved in water before being sprayed on to a cigarette or cigar to impregnate and moisten it.