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Spain busts gang that hid drugs in babies’ diapers


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Madrid: Spanish police, with the collaboration of Belgian and Dutch authorities, broke up a gang that used children and babies to smuggle cocaine into Europe by plane from South America, hiding the drug in the youngsters’ diapers.

Authorities arrested 20 people – 16 in Spain, two in Belgium and two in the Netherlands – who flew from South America with shipments of between one and five kg of cocaine, police here said Monday.

Police seized 11 kg of drugs during the course of the operation.

The initial investigation focused on several people living in the Spanish city of Zaragoza who were suspected of smuggling cocaine.

Police were able to determine that the network had scheduled a shipment of cocaine from South America to Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport. The information was transmitted to Dutch authorities, who arrested a Spanish couple who traveled with a baby and were transporting about 1.6 kg of cocaine taped to their bodies and hidden in the child’s diapers.

In late September, three of the people being investigated in Zaragoza traveled to Madrid to take delivery of a kg of cocaine. (IANS)


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