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Spaniard Charged with Drug Smuggling Found Dead in Argentine Jail

BUENOS AIRES – A Spaniard awaiting trial for drug smuggling in Argentina was found dead in a Buenos Aires prison where he apparently hanged himself, officials told Efe on Friday.

The body of Daniel Herrera Zarzoso, 35, was found Tuesday in Villa Devoto Prison in the Argentine capital, officials of the Federal Penitentiary Service told Efe.

Herrera’s body was discovered by an inmate of Colombian nationality in a cell-block shower room, hanging from an iron grating by a bedsheet twisted around his neck.

The Spaniard, who left a letter addressed to his family, was in one of the jail’s cell blocks for foreigners, capable of holding 80 prisoners.

Herrera was arrested in March 2014 during an anti-drug operation dubbed “Sky-mal,” which succeeded in seizing 24 kilos (53 lbs.) of cocaine, close to 1,000 Ecstasy pills, plus chemicals and raw materials for making Ecstasy pills.

He and another six people were accused of belonging to a gang that smuggled drugs into Europe stashed inside of skis.

Herrera had served a year in jail, was awaiting trial and faced a possible five-year sentence.

The authorities spoke by telephone with his family, and, according to the Attorney General’s Office, they might travel to Argentina in the coming days.

 

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