Gerry Blum son held after drugs seizure.
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, 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 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
It is thought Blum was on his way to collect five horses bound for Welwyn Garden City from Samantha Acres in the French Alps 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, 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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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2003|
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