07:34 BST, June 4, 2019
The gang of Portuguese drug dealers appeared in Madrid after being arrested for Liverpool and Spurs fans sell fake cocaine, it appeared Tuesday.
Spanish police arrested 17 Portuguese members of the same extended family who traveled from Lisbon to Madrid to make money from the arrival of 80,000 British football supporters for the Champions League final
Respected Spanish newspaper The World said they were suspected of having a white powder & # 39; similar to cocaine & # 39; to sell at EUROS 20 (POUNDS 17.75) a gram that they had bought in a pharmacy for only 70 cents (62 pence).
The arrests were made in the center of Madrid Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Jacinto Benavente and Puerta del Sol, the areas where thousands of fans
Two of the men are considered detained in the United States, after approaching the police and they & # 39; good & # 39; to offer. c
The suspects who admitted to the police that they had traveled from Portugal to Spain for the weekend were arrested on Friday and Saturday.
They were investigated on suspicion of drug use and fraud.
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether they were forbidden to travel while the probe continues against them or if they will be able to travel to return home before being summoned to court
The Madrid police could not be reached this morning / yesterday morning (TUE) to comment on the arrests or to say how many football fans would have gone out with cash.
The exact nature of the mystery white powder that was sold has not yet been revealed, although it is known that cocaine is cut with talcum powder, worm powder and baking powder. no reports from Liverpool or Spu rs fans are taken to the hospital due to the consumption of potentially deadly substances delivered from the cocaine
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