3 Feb, 2010 @ 16:40
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Brits busted in Spain

HUNDREDS of British travellers were arrested in Spain for drug offences last year.

Some 207 were detained, according to UK Foreign Office figures.

Spain was the top destination for British drug arrests, followed by the US, with 141, and Thailand and France, both claiming 79.

“The message is clear – we can’t get people out of jail in other countries,” explained Europe minister Chris Bryant.

“So if you don’t want to waste your life away in a tough foreign jail, be sensible and keep clean.”

A recent survey suggested one in five Britons think diplomatic staff can get them out of prison.

Furthermore, a number believe they can be automatically transferred to a domestic jail.

It is estimated that 40 per cent of all Europe’s black market cocaine comes through Spain.

Bryant added: “Britons should know the risks of taking drugs abroad – and they should also be extremely wary of being sucked into the drugs trade.”

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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