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Ibiza drugs swoop: More than 20 Britons held

by 30/08/2010 14:12:06 0 comments 4585 Views

By Gerard Couzens
Last updated at 1:12 AM on 31st August 2010


More than 20 Britons have been arrested during weekend drugs raids in Ibiza.

The suspects were held on Saturday during a major police operation on the island and were due in court today.

Four women were taken away in handcuffs after a raid involving a police helicopter at an apartment in the Cala de Bou area near the party resort of San Antonio.

Ibiza Town: The suspects were due in court in the Ibiza capital today

Ibiza Town: The suspects were due in court in the Ibiza capital today

Several more suspects were arrested at a flat in the West End, San Antonio's main bar strip.

Police confiscated drugs believed to be ecstasy and cocaine during the raids.

The drugs busts were the biggest since a crackdown last September when 25 suspected dealers from Liverpool were arrested.

Police seized 23,000 ecstasy tablets, two guns and account books and cash worth £50,000 from the expat gang in those raids.

Undercover police involved in the latest operation are believed to have been tailing the British suspects for several weeks. Their phones had also been tapped.

An investigating judge will decide whether to remand the suspects in custody or release them on bail after taking statements from them.

The hearings, at a court in the Ibiza capital Ibiza Town, will take place behind closed doors.

Police have yet to make any official comment on the operation.

The arrests come as experts warn some dealers will be released once their drugs have been analysed because some are not yet banned in Spain.

Killer drug meow meow, outlawed in the UK in April after it was linked to a string of deaths, is not on Spain's list of prohibited substances.

A 20-year-old Briton was freed last year by a judge in Ibiza after analysts discovered more than 5,000 suspected ecstasy pills were the recreational drug BZP.

The stimulant drug was outlawed in Spain last July, several weeks after his arrest.

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