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Gerry Blum son held after drugs seizure.



Byline: GRAHAM GREEN

MARTIN Blum, the son of former trainer Gerry Blum and owner of a Newmarket horsebox business, is being held in a Spanish prison following the reported seizure of 60 kilos of

cocaine with an estimated street value of pounds 4 million.

The drugs are alleged to have been found during a police search of Blum's vehicle in the Algete district of Madrid.

Another British man arrested with him has so far been identified as

Anthony White Anthony White may refer to multiple people:
  • Anthony Thomas White (1971– ), an Australian conceptual artist
  • Anthony Walton White (1750–1803), an American revolutionary war general
, aged 59, of London.

Blum, 38, who is understood to deny any knowledge of the drugs, was

remanded in custody when he made a court appearance in the Spanish

capital last week.

News of his detention, reported in the Newmarket Journal, came as a bombshell bomb·shell  
n.
1. An explosive bomb.

2. One that is sensationally shocking, surprising, or amazing.


bombshell
Noun

a shocking or unwelcome surprise

Noun 1.
 to the Blum family, who

declined to comment but are believed to have engaged a British solicitor who is due to travel to Spain this weekend.

Their concern is sure to be heightened by the experience of Mijas-based trainer Joey Brown, who earlier this year spent almost six months behind bars after being arrested on the Costa del Sol in connection with another large drugs haul, before being released without charge.

Asked about the new case, a Foreign Office spokesman said yesterday: "Two men were arrested in Madrid on July 4 on drugs charges. Both have

appeared in court, both are being

detained in Madrid and both have received visits from our consular staff."

In recent years, Blum, who is married and lives in Tuddenham, near Newmarket, has specialised in ferrying horses to and from Spain, while his

one-horsebox operation also regularly transports Arab horses around

Europe.

It is thought Blum was on his way to collect five horses bound for Welwyn Garden City Welwyn Garden City (wĕl`ĭn), city (1991 pop. 40,665), Hertfordshire, E central England. It is a garden city, founded by Ebenezer Howard in 1920. Its industries produce a variety of products, including radio and television sets.  from Samantha Acres in the French Alps The French Alps are those parts of the Alps mountain range which lie in France. They are within the regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes.

The specific subranges of the Alps that are at least partly in France include (from south to north):
 when he was arrested, but it is not known what prompted the search by police.

Acres said: "Martin Blum was recommended to me for the job, but when he didn't show up I contacted his family. They eventually came back and told me he wouldn't be coming because he had been arrested after drugs were found in the box.

"He said he would be coming from Spain, dropping off a pony and picking one up, before coming to us, and then going to Caen to get the ferry to Portsmouth. I have never met him, and the arrangements were worked out over the phone."

Brown was finally released a month ago after being arrested in January at a warehouse where police found 720

kilos of cannabis cannabis: see hemp; marijuana.
cannabis

Any plant of the genus Cannabis, which contains a single species, C. sativa. It is widely cultivated throughout the northern temperate zone.
, thought to be worth around pounds 2m. He has still not been charged with any offence, but as a condition of his bail has to report to Spanish police twice a month.
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Date:Jul 18, 2003
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