Five arrests after ‘cannibal’ drug haul in Fuengirola

ONE of the largest hauls of the controlled stimulant pyrovalerone in Europe has been carried out in Fuengirola, ending with five arrests and confiscation of more than one kilo of the drug.

Following the death in July 2013 of a 48-year-old man from Finland in a Malaga hotel, believed to be related to a packet of the drug found in his hotel room, a joint investigation between Spanish National Police and the Criminal Police in Finland began work to track down a trafficking group.

Commonly known as the cannibal drug, pyrovalerone reportedly produces extremely aggressive behaviour and an appearance of being possessed in those who take it.

The first man arrested was a 39-year-old Finnish man who received 1,024 grams of the drug in a package through the post.

A further four men have now been arrested, and searches of three properties in Fuengirola and one in Benalmadena revealed electronic equipment, pepper sprays and documents which police are analysing.

According to police sources, the modus operandi of the group involved purchasing and receiving the drugs from Asia and posting small samples to prospective clients in Finland.

Interested parties then paid half the agreed amount into a bank account in the name of a group member before flying to Spain to collect the drugs and pay the remaining amounts in cash.

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