Spanish police busted a drug trafficking ring Wednesday that had been using senior citizens as drug mules to smuggle highly pure cocaine from South America into the country, the AFP reported.
"The group included members of an advanced age who boarded luxury transatlantic cruises to pick up the narcotic in South America," police said in a statement. "The 'mules' would pass themselves off as tourists to try to elude police controls."
Police detained nine of the group's members, including two elderly women concealing 59 pounds of cocaine from Brazil in their cruise ship cabins, as well as the group's suspected leader, according to the AFP.
This is the first time that this type of plot has been used to smuggle cocaine into Spain, though other creative methods have been uncovered in the past, the AFP reported.