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Suitcase packed with cocaine was heading for Canaries 

The discovery of a suitcase containing 22 kilos of cocaine, destined for an address in the Canary Islands, has led to a full-scale investigation.

Police say they are determined to discover all the people behind the smuggling plot and will be investigating whether there were accomplices at airports.

The suitcase was seized at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. It had arrived on a flight from Panama and was in the name of a passenger with the final destination of the Canaries.

A tip-off had been received from the authorities in Panama about the possibility of a cocaine haul on board the aircraft.

The suitcase was intercepted in Madrid and packets of white powder found inside which, when tested, was confirmed as cocaine.

Its label showed it belonged to a Spanish traveller who came from Costa Rica, stopped in Panama and had Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as its final destination.

“The investigation remains open in order to completely dismantle the organisation of drug traffickers,” said a police spokesman.