Gang storms hospital in Spain to release arrested drug suspect

About 20 people stormed a hospital in southern Spain and freed a suspected drug trafficker who had been injured in a motorcycle crash as he tried to escape arrest, said officials on Wednesday. The two policemen where were guarding the suspect at the hospital in La Linea de la Concepcion did not use their guns “to prevent the situation from turning into a drama”, said the town hall of La Lina in a statement.

The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment after he got injured during a police chase on Tuesday. Shortly after he arrived at the hospital about 20 people stormed the building grabbed him and fled in several vehicles.

“The enemy is very strong and we will have to think about the adoption of more measures” to fight drug traffickers.

During an interview the police commissioner said there was a feeling of “total impunity” in the city as drug traffickers operate almost openly and do not hesitate to challenge police, who say they are under-equipped.

Spain’s proximity to Morocco, a key source of cannabis, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it an important gateway for international drug dealers.

Photo Credit- The Guardian

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