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Cocaine smuggling attempt gone bad: Backpacks contained tracking devices

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Spanish authorities have confiscated thirty-seven backpacks that were filled with cocaine. In all there were roughly 2,000 pounds of this caustic substance contained in backpacks in which each was fit with a tracking device to be located later by the drug smugglers.

The backpacks were found floating in the waters of a beach near Valencia. My Fox NY reported on Feb. 4 that the cocaine was being transferred from Malaga to be smuggled into Valencia. The drug smuggling attempt had gone bad when they dropped their stash in the sea with hope to retrieve it later on with the use of the tracking devices they were equipped with.

Authorities were lucky this time and were able to seize the drugs from the traffickers as well as those involved. Arrests have been made on five Spaniards who were involved in this operation. Upon arrest they confiscated approximately $97,000, jewelry, phones, watches and computer equipment.

There may have been many others of these attempts to bring this type of drug from one country to another. Setting up tracking devices with the aid of computer equipment and phones may have been thought by the smugglers to be a sophisticated and sure proof plan but it backfired. This botched job ended well with the drugs being confiscated as well as the drug traffickers involved.

The speed and detection of these backpacks will certainly save millions of lives from drug use, overdoses and deaths that are so likely to have happened if the substance was able to pass through undetected.

Cocaine is a narcotic drug that causes addiction and sudden cardiac deaths. It is a harmful stimulant that causes psychological dependency, lethargy, psychosis, depression, akathisia, and fatal overdose. “Physical side effects from chronic smoking of cocaine include hemoptysis, bronchospasm, pruritus, fever, diffuse alveolar infiltrates without effusions, pulmonary and systemic eosinophilia, chest pain, lung trauma, sore throat, asthma, hoarse voice, dyspnea (shortness of breath), and an aching, flu-like syndrome. Cocaine constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can also cause headaches and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea.”

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