TWO people have been arrested as police seized more than 14,000 ‘sex crime pills’ before they could be smuggled out of Spain.
A 47-year-old British man and a 62-year-old Irish woman were held in separate operations.
The man, based in the Costa del Sol resort of Torrevieja, was alleged to have 9,150 Zopiclone tablets in his hand luggage as he tried to board a flight to England from Alicante airport.
The sleep disorder drug, taken to treat insomnia, has also been used by sex attackers. Date rape victims have been given Zopiclone in the same way as other drugs, such as Rohypnol.
The woman, also from Torrevieja, was held after a batch of 5,460 pills were intercepted in a parcel storeroom at the same airport.
The Spanish civil guard have not said what they think the tablets were going to be used for.
A spokesman said: ‘These pills are known for incapacitating people who take them, and are included on a list of those used in the commission of sex attacks.
‘Neither of the two detainees appear to have any connection with each other, although the investigation is ongoing to try to tie up loose ends.
‘The two suspects have been bailed following a court appearance until their trial at a future date.’