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Spain: more than 2000 spaniards are in foreign jails, mainly for drugs.

Cocaine bricks (photo DEA website)

Cocaine bricks (photo DEA website)

MADRID – The drug trafficking and small scale are the main causes of arrests of Spanish nationals abroad. Of the 2145 remaining in foreign jails, 1,708 committed such crimes. Countries with more Spanish jailed for drugs are Peru, Brazil, Morocco, Portugal, France and Italy, accounting for 56 percent of the detainees. This was explained yesterday by the deputy director general of the Spanish Protection Abroad, Mr. Pedro José Sanz.

Most of the countries does not differentiate between trafficking and consumption, in contrast to Spain, said Sanz, who, together with the Government delegate to the National Drug Plan, Carmen Moya, introduced a campaign to prevent drug trafficking in travel abroad. Under the motto “if you bring drugs, you will spend many years in jail before retrieving your suitcase,” the mentioned authorities reported cases as a young spanish tourist who was sentenced to more than one year in jail in Tunisia for smoking a joint.

Detainees have two profiles: consumers and “mules”, which are recluted by traffickers drug mafias to move illegal merchandise. Sometimes the gangs are those that reported the mules in order to divert attention from major operations.

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