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Five arrested in Spain cocaine trafficking

on February 04, 2014 10:00 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say drug traffickers used a sophisticated system of floating backpacks with a tracking system to try to smuggle 2,000 pounds of cocaine into the country.

The Civil Guard’s website said today the drug was found in 37 backpacks floating in waters off a beach near the eastern city of Valencia.

The packs were tied to each other and had a tracking system so that they could be located and picked up by traffickers. Police said the drug had been dropped off from a vessel further out to sea.

A police statement said five Spaniards were arrested and $97,000 and jewelry confiscated.

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