Co­caine stash found in Al­tea al­mond ship­ment

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Shel­ley Lid­dell EM­PLOY­EES of an Al­tea busi­ness were sur­prised to see ruck­sacks when they opened a ship­ping con­tainer car­ry­ing al­monds that had ar­rived from Cal­i­for­nia.

They im­me­di­ately called the Guardia Civil, who pro­ceeded to un­load the al­monds, find­ing a to­tal of eight mil­i­tary ruck­sacks filled with care­fully wrapped bars.

The bars turned out to be al­most pure-grade co­caine, with a to­tal weight of 226 ki­los.

The con­tainer of un­shelled al­monds came from Oak­land (Cal­i­for­nia) where it was sealed and put on a ship head­ing to Spain for the Al­tea fac­tory to re­ceive, and then shell and sell the al­monds.

On ar­rival, em­ploy­ees saw that the orig­i­nal seal had been bro­ken and a new one put on, but they thought no- thing of it as it is the usual pro­ce­dure of cus­toms in­spec­tors to open con­tain­ers and re­seal them - although this time the seal was re­moved to place the ruck­sacks in the con­tainer.

The Guardia Civil are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions to try and find out where ex­actly on the ship­ping route the drugs were placed in the con­tainer.

The drugs have been de­stroyed.

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