Police intercept 8,000 ecstasies in Palma

This year alone over 50'000 ecstasies have been seized by the police in Majorca, the latest haul of 8'000 being intercepted and confiscated in the early hours of yesterday morning in Palma. The National Police drugs squad mounted yet another significant operation on Friday night and by yesterday morning the large haul of ecstasies had been seized and two people arrested. It appears that the seizure comes as a result of a two month under cover operation mounted by the police. Police discovered two months ago that a drugs cartel was operating in Majorca and was solely dedicated to smuggling in and trafficking ecstasies in areas frequented by youngsters. Over the past few months, the drugs squads has been gradually gathering information and evidence and had learnt that shipment was coming in to Majorca on Friday night. On Friday night, police swung into operation and arrested one man in Palma and another out of town, both are now being held in police cells and will appear before a preliminary hearing within the next few days. This latest haul is the third big seizure of ecstasies in Majorca this year. At the end of August start of September, a complicated and lengthy operation ended with 24'000 ecstasies being seized, the biggest single haul of the year to date. Prior to that, in April, 3'000 ecstasies were seized during a raid along the Playa de Palma. In total this year, over 50'000 ecstasies have been intercepted in Majorca alone. A recent study into drug use and abuse in the Balearics revealed that an ever increasing number of people, especially young people, are using designer drugs, such as ecstasy and as demand on the streets continues to increase, the drugs squad know that so too will their workload as they battle to crackdown on drugs.

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