COCA CATCH: Kilos of coca leaves found in passengers luggage at Madrid Airport

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A STANDARD check on luggage and passengers coming off a Madrid flight led to the seizure of more than three kilos of coca leaves wrapped in plastic.

Guardia Civil found the leaves hidden in the suitcase of a passenger who told officers they had nothing to declare.

The passenger confirmed it was coca leaves in the packets. Officers informed them the leaves contain alkaloids which through a chemical process can be used to obtain cocaine hydrochloride, a powerful stimulant of the central nervous system, the use of which is banned.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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