A DEAD body found in a car boot in Alicante City was that of a Spaniard who was killed in a drugs shootout last December.
It was discovered after Calle Paraguay residents contacted the police about an increasingly bad smell coming from a vehicle that had been parked there for weeks.
Local Police officers sent to investigate immediately contacted the National Police when they saw that the number plate belonged to a vehicle that ignored a police roadblock on the day of the shootings.
On opening the Citroen’s boot, they found the body of “a very large man”, sources said afterwards.
The same sources confirmed that the body belonged to a Spanish man who disappeared during a confrontation between rival drugs’ gangs in Petrel early last December.
Both bands clashed over a consignment of cocaine, police said, and at least five men, Spaniards and Colombians, were involved.
Three were arrested after leaving the Petrer cocaine lab where the shootout occurred.
One of the Colombians, whose whereabouts are unknown, managed to escape by evading the roadblock in the Citroen but a Spanish man disappeared without trace.
Although the body was badly decomposed, police pathologists confirmed that it belonged to the 35-year-old Elda man who disappeared after the drugs’ dispute.
They also found that he had been shot in the back, the head and a leg.