A 31-year-old man has been arrested for trying to smuggle a highly addictive synthetic drug – dubbed ‘pink cocaine’ – onto the popular party island of Ibiza.
Cops caught the man, whose name has not been released, with a large stash of drugs hidden in his car as he waited to board a ferry to the Balearic island from the port city of Denia in the Alicante province on eastern Spain’s Mediterranean coast.
He was carrying 56 grammes of ‘pink cocaine’, also known as Tucibi or 2C-B, which is seen as a high society drug as it is more expensive than cocaine.
Port officers decided to pull the car in for a routine check after they became suspicious of the driver and his four-wheel drive vehicle.
He was also found to be in possession of 2.69 grammes of cocaine, one gramme of cannabis, a jellybean that seemed to be coated with a drug substance and 7,000 EUR (6,200 GBP) in cash.
Pink cocaine is not actually cocaine at all but a form of methamphetamine said to cause an ecstasy like high in small doses and powerful
hallucinations in larger amounts.
It is said to be very addictive and is also known as ‘Venus’ or ‘Erox’ because it is also said to have aphrodisiac effects.
The man was later charged with drug and public health offences. He has been released on bail pending a trial.
Two years ago, Spanish police busted a drugs lab which was creating pink cocaine to sell in Ibiza during the summer tourist season. Nine people, eight of them Colombian, were arrested.
Pink cocaine was actually first synthesised in 1974 – but it has exploded in popularity in recent years in Columbia and drug gangs are said to be actively trying to promote it in Europe.