Spanish police have seized a 20kg (44lb) consignment of crockery sent from Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second-largest city, to Barcelona, via London, after discovering that it was made out of compressed cocaine.
The suspect, known only by the initials JVLL, had been recruited by Venezuelan drug gangs, they said. He has appeared before a court in Barcelona charged with an offence against public health.
The cocaine was intercepted after a tip-off about a suspicious package that had been sent by recorded delivery last month from Maracaibo. Police said that the drugs were meant to have been reprocessed and sold in Catalonia, northeast Spain.