Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#BringBackOurGirls - anger and a sense of déjà vu

Read more

FOCUS

Italy helps integrate asylum seekers through training

Read more

FOCUS

'It's a jungle': Living on the street in the City of Light

Read more

THE DEBATE

Boko Haram Kidnappings: Can Nigerian schoolgirls be protected?

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brand Trump: Has the US president damaged his company's reputation?

Read more

ENCORE!

Oscars sneak peek: 'Call Me By Your Name', 'I, Tonya' and 'Darkest Hour'

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Are the French rude, or is it a big misunderstanding?

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Gun control in the US: A glimmer of compromise?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Opposition activist Evan Mawarire: Zimbabweans hope they can 'reset our future'

Read more

france 24 Europe

French customs seizes €20 million in cannabis hash

© Anne-Christine Poujoulat, AFP | Cannabis, cash and ammunition seized by police in the southern French city of Marseille on October 16, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-10-18

French customs seized 7.1 tonnes of marijuana hashish worth about €20 million from vehicles parked in the chic 16th arrondissement (district) of Paris on Sunday in one of the biggest drug busts in France of the past two years.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the overnight seizure followed several weeks of inquiry by the National Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (DNRED).

No one has been arrested in connection with the case and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers found the bricks of cannabis hashish, which were wrapped in plastic and burlap, stashed in the boot of three abandoned commercial vehicles parked along a boulevard in the 16th arrondissement in southwest Paris.

The drugs have an estimated street value of around €20 million with a kilogram of hashish fetching between €2,500 and €3,000, according to police sources.

The seizure is the biggest ever made in central Paris, said a source close to the investigation.

Demand at 300 tonnes per year

Since the start of summer, officials have seized several large quantities of drugs. On July 26, nearly 6 tonnes of cannabis hashish destined for the Marseille region was discovered in a villa in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône).

But the country’s biggest seizure in recent years dates back to April 26, 2013, when customs officials discovered more than 7.5 tonnes of cannabis on trucks transporting fruit and vegetables in Hendaye (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) close to the Spanish border. In February of that year nearly 7 tonnes of hash was also found in a truck travelling from Spain near the Boulou toll on the A9 motorway.

In total nearly 200 tonnes of narcotics were seized in 2014 by customs officers, including 157.3 tonnes of cannabis – an increase of 84 percent over the previous year and a record high, according to official figures.

In France, customs is responsible for more than 80 percent of total drug seizures.

Cannabis is the most abused drug in Europe and its consumption is on the increase – including in France, where authorities estimate demand at 300 tonnes per year.

Possession or the use of cannabis accounts for more than 60 percent of all drug offenses in Europe.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

Date created : 2015-10-18

  • FRANCE

    French cannabis dealer caught after handing out flyers

    Read more

  • USA

    Cannabis advocates eye end to prohibition as Colorado trade booms

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Is France's cannabis debate stuck in a cul-de-sac?

    Read more

COMMENT(S)