Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

French oil refinery workers extend strike action

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least two dead in anti-electoral commission protest in Kenya

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Far-right thwarted in Austrian election

Read more

THE DEBATE

Getting warmer: Far-right edged in Austria presidential election (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Getting warmer: Far-right edged in Austria presidential election (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Former French health minister: 'We have to reform the WHO'

Read more

FOCUS

Tunisia steps up security measures to reassure tourists

Read more

ENCORE!

Video: Ken Loach wins his second Palme d'Or in Cannes

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Yannick Jadot: 'Europe has a moral and legal responsibility to welcome migrants'

Read more

France

Police find 1.3 tonnes of cocaine on Air France flight

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-09-21

French police confiscated 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine from an Air France cargo plane earlier this month, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Saturday. It was the Paris region's largest-ever drugs seizure, thought to be worth some €200 million.

French police have seized 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine found on board an Air France cargo plane, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced Saturday.

The drugs, seized on September 11, had been packed into 30 suitcases, Valls told a news conference in Nanterre, outside Paris.

A source close to the investigation said the flight had originated in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, adding that the haul had a street value of some 200 million euros ($270 million).

It was the biggest drug seizure ever carried out in the Paris region, Valls said, displaying the 30 empty suitcases that had contained the cocaine and were not linked to any of the passengers on the flight.

Valls said four tonnes of cocaine has been seized in France since the start of the year.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2013-09-21

COMMENT(S)