Suspects hid fake euro notes inside Spanish guitar
Police have arrested two men suspected of distributing fake 50 euro bills in Ibiza.
Investigators also detected the presence of the same type of counterfeits in other islands of the archipelago, as well as in Madrid and Barcelona.
Those arrested, two residents of the district of Sa Peña, Ibizam were also engaged in drug trafficking.
The investigations began after several complaints were received from businesses in Ibiza who claimed to have received fake 50 euro bills as payment for some of the items sold in their establishments.
There was also an incident where a fake note was used to purchase charity lottery tickets.
During the investigation, police watched as two men gave a third person some money and he went into a well-known musical instruments store and bought a high-priced Spanish guitar. Moments later the agents verified that the payment of the instrument had been made with false bills of 50 euros.
Raids were carried out at three properties where officers seized 2,000 counterfeit euro banknotes of 50, 24,000 euros from the distribution of counterfeit currency and trafficking drugs, as well as various amounts of cocaine and heroin prepared for retail sale.
In addition, the Spanish guitar bought with the illegal money was seized. The two suspects had used it to hide the fake money inside.