Smelly suit­cases arouse sus­pi­cion

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By Alex Watkins A MAN has been caught try­ing to fly to the Nether­lands from Ali­cante-Elche air­port with two suit­cases full of mar­i­juana.

The Guardia Civil in­formed that the 48-year-old Span­ish sus­pect must have thought he would not be dis­cov­ered be­cause he was fly­ing within the EU so there was no cus­toms con­trol.

But the Guardia Civil fis­cal anal­y­sis and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fice (ODAIFI) still car­ries out rou­tine risk anal­y­sis checks on EU flights, and in­spected the hold of this plane bound for Eind­hoven.

They no­ticed the dis­tinc­tive smell of mar­i­juana from two cases and from their tick­ets were able to iden­tify the pas­sen­ger, who was al­ready sat on board ready for take-off.

He was taken away with his bag­gage, which when opened was found to con­tain 24 plas­tic pack­ages with a to­tal of 27.32 ki­los of mar­i­juana in­side, which could have a street value of €40,000.

The sus­pect was ar­rested and handed over to a court in Elche, which or­dered him to be re­manded in cus­tody.

Guardia Civil car­ried out an in­spec­tion of the hold

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