Massive haul of cocaine found in removals lorry
Police on the Costa del Sol intercepted 101 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside second-hand furniture and destined for London.
The drugs were found when a removals lorry was stopped on a Spanish motorway heading out of Marbella as part of its journey to the UK.
Officers investigating a large-scale drug trafficking raquet found 59 packets of cocaine stuffed into sideboards and eight bales of hasish, weighing 258 kilos.
Two men have been arrested, one of them a Spaniard aged 39 and living in Marbella and the other, a 46-year-old Canadian living in Estepona, also on the Costa del Sol.
“The investigation began when officers became aware of the existence in Marbella of a criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking from Spain to different European countries,” said a spokesman for the Spanish police.
“They then received a tip-off that a shipment of cocaine was due to be made to the UK. The removals truck was intercepted on the motorway and the drugs found hidden inside second-hand furniture. They found 101 kilos of cocaine and 258 of hashish.”
The two men arrested were responsible for storing the drugs in a warehouse in Marbella and to make the arrangements for its delivery.
As part of the investigation, police raided one of the suspect’s home in Estepona and found more drugs, three luxury vehicles, seven mobile phones, a stun gun, electric pistol and detonator for a submachine gun.