Spanish police have arrested an Ecuadorian woman who tried to smuggle into Barcelona liquid cocaine hidden in spray cans of products to starch clothes or clean glass.

The 35-year-old was carrying more than 3.3 pounds of the drug hidden in false bottoms in three spay cans found in the baggage she checked in on her flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, police said in a statement.

Two of the spray cans were for products used to starch clothes while the third was for a glass cleaning product, the statement said.

Barcelona's El Prat airport has been the scene in recent days of creative attempts to smuggle cocaine into Spain, the main entry point for the drug into Europe.

On Friday police arrested a 66-year-old Chilean man at the airport after discovering that his broken leg was supported by a "cast'' made out of cocaine.

The man, who had hobbled off a flight from Santiago, was carrying more of the drug in fake beer cans and two hollowed-out stools.

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