TWO people have been arrested after 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered by authorities in a dumbbell being shipped into Alicante-Elche airport. The package had originated in Chile and, according to police sources had been first noticed by customs officials at a flight stopover in Bremen. However, rather than confiscate the package the German authorities notified their counterparts in Alicante of their suspicions, who were then able to detain the man and woman who came to pick up the weights.
A full inspection at the airport confirmed the dumbbell was packed with cocaine which had an estimated street value of €800,000. It is believed that the drug was for distribution in the Alicante area and the suspects, aged 21 and 31, have been detained awaiting full charges.