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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Drugs seized from Spain-bound tobacco shipment

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have seized more than 400 kilograms of cocaine hidden in crates of tobacco about to be exported to Spain.

The National Drug Control agency says the cocaine was found in a truck filled with whole tobacco leaves during an inspection at the seaport in Haina, just outside the capital of Santo Domingo.

Agency spokesman Roberto Lebron says the crates were intended to be loaded on a ship bound for Spain. He says a tobacco exporter and a customs agent are being questioning after being detained Thursday.

Last year, authorities in Valencia, Spain, seized 1.2 tons of cocaine found in containers of construction equipment that had been shipped from the same Dominican port.

Source: Associated Press

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