TWO BRITISH men will not go to prison for planning to distribute a synthetic drug up to 80 times stronger than cannabis.

The unnamed duo were arrested by the Guardia Civil in 2017 for receiving two parcels of the high-strength drugs at an El Campello bar popular amongst expats.

The drugs were shipped into Alicante-Elche airport from Hong Kong via the DHL courier company.

The psychoactive drugs are said to cause users to walk around in ‘zombie-like’ states.

The two British men planned to distribute it around the Costa Blanca.

Prosecutors reached a deal with their solicitor for a three-year jail term to be knocked down to a nine-month prison sentence, along with a fine of €1,350.

Spanish law allows for first-time offenders not to serve a prison sentence of two years and under.

One of the defendants appeared via a video link from the UK at the trial in Elche last Thursday(October 8).

The court agreed to the deal so long as the two men did not reoffend again.

The Guardia Civil intercepted the consignment at the airport but allowed two packs to be sent to El Campello, so that the recipients could be arrested.

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