Spanish cops tweet handy dope-smuggling advice

'Thanks very much :))' replies delighted joint bandit


The Spanish National Police force endeared itself to potheads on Tuesday when it obliging responded a Twitter query regarding the best way to smuggle dope through airport customs.

"Contemporary cultural magazine" Jot Down asked: "If you're travelling abroad (EU) and you're carrying four joints, is it better to put them in your checked suitcase or carry them on you?"

The Twitter conversation

The cops replied: "It's better if you carry them rolled and where the dogs can't detect them (packet of tobacco?). But you risk being reported for public consumption."

"Thanks very much, Carlos :))" twatted the delighted Jot Down wag.

According to this report, the Carlos in question is Carlos Fernández, who's in charge of the boys in blue's Twitter account. The "unfortunate" exchange was quickly pulled and señor Fernández clarified: "To avoid confusion, the possession or consumption of drugs in public areas is subject to a fine."

He also took to what appears to be his personal Twitter outlet to explain his response had been "wrongly interpreted as advice", awarding himself a well-deserved #Fail. ®

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