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Gang sent cocaine to Spain impregnated in clothes 

Police have dismantled a network of narcos who introduced cocaine into Spain impregnated in the luggage of “human couriers”.

The gang coerced people in South America, promising them a better future in exchange for drug runs.

“These “couriers” embarked on commercial flights, mostly from Sao Paulo (Brazil), paid by the organisation,” said a police spokesman. “The final destination of the cocaine was different Spanish provinces such as Madrid, Barcelona or Pontevedra.”

The substance was extracted, adulterated and prepared for sale by a chemist in a clandestine laboratory in the Madrid locality of Torrejón de Ardoz.

As part of the operation, police dismantled two marijuana crops in Tarrassa and Premiá de Mar (Barcelona), with more than 400 plants and 14.5 kilograms of marijuana buds.

Twelve people have been arrested in Pontevedra, Madrid, Barcelona and Gijón.

The investigation was launched after a woman flying in to Spain from Madrid was stopped at Madrid airport carrying a suitcase with six kilos of cocaine impregnated into clothes.

A few weeks later, the ringleader was arrested as he travelled on a bus with a suitcase full of drugs which he had picked up at the same airport.