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Ruben Garcia Garcia, Aeromexico Pilot, Detained For Smuggling 93 Pounds Of Cocaine Into Spain

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08/23/11 02:55 PM ET   AP

MEXICO CITY -- Spanish authorities have detained a Mexican airline pilot suspected of smuggling more than 90 pounds of cocaine into the European country, the Mexican Embassy said Tuesday.

Aeromexico co-pilot Ruben Garcia Garcia was arrested Thursday at the Madrid-Barajas International Airport, according to an embassy press release.

The embassy said that authorities found 93 pounds (42 kilograms) of the drug as they arrested Garcia Garcia. Spanish authorities confirmed the arrest, but declined to comment.

Aeromexico issued a statement Tuesday that custom agents detained Garcia Garcia during a routine luggage check.

Aeromexico, Mexico's largest airline, said Garcia Garcia has been suspended, but the airline added it has not been contacted by Spanish authorities.

"Aeromexico regrets this incident," the statement said. The airline is "ready to help authorities."

It's not the first time Aeromexico employees have gotten in trouble in Spain over drug charges.

Last December, three Aeromexico flight attendants were arrested at the Barajas airport after authorities reported finding more than 300 pounds (140 kilograms) of cocaine in their luggage.

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