Irishman held after suitcases of cocaine thrown out hotel window
39-year-old arrested after trying to recover 55 kilos of drug from patio of hotel in Spain
Police in Spain have questioned a 39-year-old Irishman after a quantity of cocaine was found at a hotel in Valencia.
An Irish drugs trafficker has been arrested in Spain after allegedly throwing two suitcases containing 55 kilos of cocaine out of an eighth-floor hotel window after an apparent paranoia attack.
The 39-year-old is reported to have then tried to recover the cases after they landed in an internal patio at his hotel in Valencia.
However, a receptionist had already called police after finding the drugs scattered over the floor.
The man was arrested after finding he was locked out of his room and going to a reception to ask for another key.
The incident is said to have happened just before 10pm on Friday at the Hotel Tryp Valencia Oceanic.
The Irishman is also reported to have damaged his room by trying to hide cocaine behind ceiling tiles and disconnecting the water into his toilet.
Detectives believe the man may have suffered an attack of paranoia after consuming drugs - and threw the suitcases out of his window after confusing the noise from guests entering and leaving neighbouring rooms with rival criminals trying to steal his drugs.
The paper Las Provincias quoted an unnamed hotel employee as saying: “He disconnected the toilet flush and caused quite a bit of damage in his room.
“He looked like he’s suddenly gone mad after throwing the drugs out of his room.”