The Spanish national Police have arrested two men in the province of Murcia who ran an illegal drugs den and who were apparently selling raffle tickets of Christmas hampers stuffed with drugs.
According to the police statement, in one of the raids carried out by officers, the police found a poster advertising the chance to participate in the two Christmas Lottery draws of El Gordo (El Gordo de Navidad, held on 22 December) and El Niño (6 January).
In the operation, the police arrested two people and seized 165 marijuana plants, a kilo of minced marijuana, more than five kilograms of marijuana buds, and various amounts of cocaine and hashish.
They also dismantled an indoor lab made up of 33 halogen lamps, transformers, an extractor and four air conditioners used to grow the drug.
However in the raid the officers found something they werent expecting being the Christmas hampers and draw for customers.
After betting a different amount of money – 5 euros for the Christmas draw and 10 euros for El Niño – to get the last two figures right, the winning basket included cocaine, hashish, alcohol, tobacco, cash and even a ham of eight kilos.
The police arrested two men of 30 and 45 years of age, one of Spanish nationality and the other Argentinian.
Both detainees appeared in court on the charges of drug trafficking as well as the lesser charge of illegally connecting to the electricity network.
The trial continues.