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In custody Irishman arrested in Spain after woman kidnapped following botched drug deal

Cops said they first became aware of the incident when a man claimed his girlfriend was being held hostage

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An Irishman has been arrested in Spain after a young woman was kidnapped following a botched marijuana deal.

He is one of 11 people now in custody after the woman's partner told police his girlfriend has been abducted and her kidnappers were demanding "a large sum of money to free her."

However, it soon became clear that the couple had acted as "intermediaries" between two gangs "in the business of buying and selling narcotics".

Cops said they first became aware of the incident in the town of Elche, around 30kms south west of Alicante, over the weekend when a man went to Elche national police station and claimed his girlfriend was being held hostage – and the gang was demanding a ransom to free her.

According to the police, the victim and her partner had accompanied the "buyers" of a large quantity of marijuana to a property where the transaction was to take place.

But that gang then turned on the mob selling the drugs – and stole the cannabis after beating up the men who were supposed to be selling it.

That gang in turn then blamed the woman for setting up the ambush and decided to hold her hostage, as well as demanding a massive amount of money for her release.

Cops then used the woman’s phone data to track her and traced her to an address in Elche, which they placed under surveillance.

Then, after a few hours, they raided the house, rescued the hostage and arrested five men who had been holding her captive.

A total of 1.5 kilos of marijuana and a backpack was also were seized.

After making a statement at the police station, the victim and her partner were also arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Theree alleged assailants were identified and detained in the Vega Baja towns Almoradi, Daya Nueva, and Daya Vieja where they had been hiding out. One of the suspects has a criminal record for "extremely violent" crimes.

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Those arrested are all aged between 29 and 39 and as well as the Irishman, the prisoners included suspects from Spain, Romania and Germany.

They are due to appear at the Court of Instruction in Elche this week.

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