A BRITISH gang arrested in Spain on drug trafficking charges will be freed after 53,000 ecstasy pills turned out to be caffeine tablets.

The 12-strong group, from Liverpool, had been arrested in a much trumpeted joint campaign between the British and Spanish police in September.

The gang, led by Michael ‘Sick Mick’ Farrell, who is wanted for a shooting in the UK, had allegedly hidden the pills in false compartments in a car and planned to smuggle them by ferry from Denia to Ibiza.

Police now believe their intention was to con young holidaymakers, by giving them caffeine instead of designer drugs.

But as there is nothing illegal about caffeine, police are unable to charge the group.

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