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Mallorca ‘drug trafficking’ gang smashed

A GANG of eight people that allegedly distributed cocaine throughout Mallorca was dismantled and its members arrested.

The female members would carry the larger drug pellets in their vagina while the smaller ones were swallowed whole to be kept in the stomach during transport, according to Judicial Police Chief Toni Cerda. Each of the ‘drug mules’ would carry up to 700 grams of the drug on every trip from the mainland to the island.

The detainees – five men and three women – are aged between 21 and 51 and of various nationalities including Spanish, Uruguayan, Cuban, Dominican and Ecuadorian.

The leader of the gang was the 37-year-old Cuban who was being investigated by police due to his history of drug trafficking and officers followed the trail to the rest of the detainees.

He would acquire the substances which were then adulterated and ‘cooked’ in a laboratory in an apartment in Palma. Investigations began in May and the dismantling of the gang had to be done quickly after intelligence revealed that the wife of the group’s leader would be returning permanently to Cuba with all the money from the sale of the drugs, according to Cerda.

About two kilos of ‘cut’ cocaine, 1,280 grams of cocaine, 13 mobile phones, four laptops, a luxury car and €87,500 was seized.

By Nicole Hallett

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