March 6, 2009 / 6:17 PM / 9 years ago

Cocaine in Spain is hidden by a sprain?

MADRID (Reuters) - A 66-year-old passenger who arrived at Barcelona airport in a wheelchair and with a leg cast made entirely of cocaine was arrested on Friday as he tried to get through customs.

<p>A traveller walks to his flight at an airport, September 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>

The man, flying from Santiago, Chile, also had cocaine stashed in six cans of beer and two folding stools in his luggage, the Interior Ministry said. Police confiscated nearly 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of the drug in total.

Police believe the man, or his accomplices, may have broken the leg on purpose so as not to arouse the suspicions of customs officials. Spain is the primary entry point for cocaine into Europe and is the largest consumer of the drug in the European Union.

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Phakamisa Ndzamela

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