Spanish police frustrate Christmas “narco-basket” raffle

The Spanish police announced on Tuesday the arrest of two alleged drug traffickers who wanted to raffle a "narco-basket" Christmas tree that contained cocaine, hashish, alcohol … and a leg of cured ham.

The agents discovered the unusual draw when they dismantled in Murcia (east) a "joint" of drugs, an illegal place where drugs were sold and allowed, run by two people, a Spaniard and an Argentine, a police statement reported.

On one of the walls, they found a list of clients who had paid between 5 and 10 euros (5.64 and 11.29 dollars) to participate in two raffles for trails "narco-baskets", one on Christmas Day and another on Three Kings Day, January 6.

"The winning basket included cocaine, hashish, alcohol, tobacco, cash and even an eight kilo ham", detailed the police.

In their search, the police seized 165 marijuana plants and 33 halogen lamps used to grow the plants, as well as "various amounts of cocaine and hashish".

As in different Latin American countries, in Spain Christmas baskets containing wine, liquor, ham and nougat are common as gifts.

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