By Euro Weekly News Media • 15 August 2013 • 13:00
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According to reports, the British Consulate in Ibiza are not happy with the efforts to stop drugs smuggling on the island.
It is said that the problem lies with the border controls and that the Guardia Civil is working “extremely hard” to stamp it out. This comes as two women have been arrested in Peru for suspected drug trafficking after flying in from Ibiza. Melissa Reid, 19 from Glasgow, and Michaella McCollum, 20 and from Dungannon, were stopped with roughly €1.8 million worth of cocaine.
It is recognised that the police work hard in Ibiza to crack down against drugs. Not just in Ibiza of course, but on an international scale. The British Consulate would like to see an international collaboration so that on tackling this problem, there will be a positive outcome.
There are many young people in Ibiza who have heard of cases like this in regards to drug smuggling. So now a conclusion needs to be come to before something else happens.
Reported from the BBC were these stories: Katie (which is not her real name) is working in San Antonio during the summer selling club tickets. The 21-year-old said: “A friend of mine was working in a club here last summer and a man would come in and buy her drinks. She was going back to the UK and he asked her to bring a package back with her. He told her it was completely safe and in return she would get quite a large fee for it. Luckily she said no and didn’t do it.”
Meanwhile, a 25-year-old-man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was asked to take £20,000 worth of drugs money back to the UK in cash. He said he was offered £2,000 but refused the offer.
Many of the clubbers and workers have said that these are isolated incidents whilst others say it comes from gangs. “There can be underlying dark issues you see when you work here rather than come here to holiday,” said Sam (decided not to use his real name), 25 and from Kent.
“I knew a person who got paid an amount to go back to England and bring back MDMA to the island,” he revealed. “She didn’t get caught and was stupid enough to do it again.”
Marcus Donnelly, 20, is a club promoter in his second season in Ibiza. He admits drugs are an integral part of daily life on the island and says clamping down on them could ruin tourism. “We make 350 euros a week but someone selling drugs could make that in two days,” he explained. “I have never sold them but that isn’t the norm. But if you get caught up in anything all you have to do is say no and there is help out here.”
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