Spanish police have busted two suspected drug dealers trying to raffle off a Class-A Christmas hamper stuffed with drugs and a leg of ham.
While people in Spain often gift hampers filled with festive treats, meats and tipples for Christmas, when police raided a suspected drug den in the southeastern Spanish city of Murcia, they found a "narco-basket" – a Christmas hamper rammed with cocaine, booze, hash and tobacco, as well as an eight-kilogram leg of cured ham, Mixmag reported.
A Spanish and Argentinian man were arrested and charged with drug crimes and electricity fraud as their premises was hooked up to the national grid illegally.
Raffle tickets for the narco-bucket cost €5 a pop. Tickets for a second raffle, to be drawn on the major Spanish holiday of Epiphany, January 6, cost €10 a ticket.
A list of hopeful prize winners was stuck to the drug den's wall, as were notes describing the haul as a Christmas raffle.
The police also seized 165 marijuana plants and the 33 halogen lamps that were used to grow them as part of their bust, along with cocaine and hashish.
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It's not the first time Spanish authorities have had to deal with ingenious drug dealers.
In March 2020, Police in Málaga seized a homemade submarine that could transport up to two tonnes of drugs, the BBC reported.
Meanwhile, in the UK, another drug dealer got into the festive spirit of things by decorating his Christmas tree with bags of white powder and £20 notes, reports Metro.
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Martin Porcelli from Wavertree was slapped with seven years in jail for conspiracy to supply cocaine and diamorphine, and conspiracy to supply cannabis after police found photos of the illicit festive decorations on his phone as part of a year-long investigation into a Merseyside crime gang.
Police also seized more than £282,500 of cash, guns and ammo, as well as a haul of Class-As with a street value of more than £1.3million.
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