This summer the Guardia Civil will be clamping down on designer drugs in Magalluf and Palmanova. After a spate of teenage deaths caused by the designer drug ecstasy, police in the Majorca have already started the crack down with spot controls already operating this weekend. On Friday night the Guardia Civil drugs squad, with a sniffer dog, were on patrol in Magaluf, stopping and checking vehicles and keeping a close eye on events at a music festival. The Guardia Civil says that it has received information that the demand for designer drugs in the Magalluf, Cala Major and Palmanova areas is currently rising. A total of 50 cars were checked and 25 people were caught in possession of small quantities of ecstasies and hashish. A young man wanted by the police on the mainland was also caught at one of the check points. In Punta Ballena, a number of North Africans were held by a police for possession of significant amounts of various drugs. The police intend to continue with the controls throughout the summer in a bid to try and keep as much drugs off the street as possible and to save lives. The drugs squad is also after class A drugs such as cocaine. Police sources said yesterday that quite often, weapons are also uncovered by the spot checks.

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