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Spanish police bust ‘secret compartment’ drug gang

July 12, 2014 GMT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested five men suspected of transporting cocaine in a James Bond-style secret compartment hidden behind a car’s rear license plate.

Police say the suspects, a Spaniard and four Colombians aged between 31 and 44, used a remote control to open and close the compartment.

Police said Saturday that the gang allegedly distributed cocaine in the southeastern region of Murcia, and also had a clandestine laboratory where each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of drug was adulterated to increase bulk.

The suspects were arrested after four households were searched and five kilograms (11 pounds) of high-purity cocaine was seized.