By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 August 2011 • 16:49
A WOMAN accused of being a drugs trafficker sought the protection of spirits to protect her from harm, and arrest, according to a Spanish daily.
She spoke to a santera – a priest of Santeria, a blend of African religions and Catholicism that uses animal sacrifice as part of its practices – in Colombia on a daily basis, ABC reported.
National Police arrested three alleged drug traffickers in Alicante with over 30 kilos of cocaine which were introduced into Spain hidden in plastic parts used in the manufacture of footwear.
The suspects are a couple from Colombia and a man from Venezuela, aged 22, 28 and 36 respectively. The drug, which reached Valencia by sea from Colombia, hidden inside of a container, was then transported by lorry to be stored in a warehouse in San Vicente del Raspeig – just outside Alicante.
The police investigation began several months ago, led by agents from both Alicante and Elche, following undercover work on the existence of a group of drug traffickers; Colombian and Venezuelan, whose sole aim was to traffic cocaine from South America.
The smugglers used a company based in the industrial area of Torrellano (Elche) dedicated to the import of raw materials for making footwear (PVC) from South American countries. The warehouse was raided, and three of the gang taken into custody. Those arrested were two Colombians and a Venezuelan, aged 22, 28 and 36, respectively.
Last week EWN reported on the drugs mule in Valencia who narrowly escaped death when he underwent emergency surgery on his stomach, revealing it to be full of condoms stuffed with a liquid form of cocaine.
Before that we reported on the drug being smuggled in castor oil cans. Next to the U.K., Spain is Europe’s greatest user of cocaine, estimates show.
By Paul Deed
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