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`Drug-bust' trainer pins his hopes on British consulate.

Byline: Graham Green

MIJAS-based trainer Joey Brown was yesterday described as "shell-shocked" after he was visited in prison for the first time since being seized in a massive drugs raid by Spanish police almost two weeks ago, writes Graham Green.

Brown's wife Kate, who is three months pregnant, saw her husband last week in

Alhaurin prison, near Malaga, where it is claimed he is being held without charge. The couple were separated by glass and the telephone link was not working.

Kate, daughter of the late jockey Brian Taylor, hopes her return to the jail today, combined with the involvement of the British consulate in Malaga, will throw some light on her husband's case.

Brown, 39, was arrested on January 16 at a warehouse on an industrial estate in Mijas where police found 720 kilos of cannabis with an estimated street value of pounds 2m, several stolen luxury cars and a number of stolen number plates.

He has made one court

appearance, wearing handcuffs, in Fuengirola 11 days ago and, according to Kate, police have not interviewed him since his arrival in prison.

"Joey looked shell-shocked when I visited him," she said.

"He has no idea why he has been arrested. We know he has not done anything wrong, but it is still very worrying because we don't know what he is

being accused of, and in Spain you can be held for a year without being charged."

Brown has made a big impression since joining the training ranks in Mijas nearly two years ago, and last season he won one of Spain's biggest races, the San Sebastian Gold Cup, with Dangerously Good.
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