Drug. 680 kilos of cocaine seized in Le Havre

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Nearly 600 kilos of cocaine were seized this week in a container landed in the port of Le Havre (Seine-Maritime). According to the first elements of the investigation carried out by the Central Office for the Suppression of Illicit Traffic in Narcotics of the Judicial Police, the cargo was from Brazil.

Nearly 600 kilos of cocaine were seized this week in a container landed in the port of Le Havre. | PICTURE OF ILLUSTRATION / FOTOLIA


  • Nearly 600 kilos of cocaine were seized this week in a container landed in the port of Le Havre.
    Nearly 600 kilos of cocaine were seized this week in a container landed in the port of Le Havre. | PICTURE OF ILLUSTRATION / FOTOLIA

The police in charge of the fight against narcotics seized 680 kilos of cocaine transiting through the port of Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), it was learned from a source close to the investigation, this Sunday, confirming information from the Parisian.

According to the same source, the French police of the Central Office for the Suppression of Illicit Traffic in Narcotics (OCRTIS) were put on the track of this delivery thanks to cooperation with Brazil where the drugs originated.

With the help of their colleagues from the judicial police (PJ) of Le Havre and the regional service of the PJ (SRPJ) of Rouen, anti-narcotics officers set up a surveillance system in the port area where two suspicious containers.

Three suspects in custody

After having spotted and then spun, three men came to recover some of the narcotics, agents decided to conduct their arrest, midweek, in an apartment in Le Havre where they discovered 300 kilos of cocaine, a Kalashnikov, with handguns and ammunition.

On the port, the police discovered in a second container, 380 extra kilograms of cocaine.The three suspects were placed in custody.

Le Havre main gateway to cocaine in France

In France, seizures of cocaine remain at very high levels because of the abundance of South American production: the police have got their hands on 15 tons of "white" in 2018 (17.5 in 2017). The production of the three main producing countries is estimated to have doubled between 2016 and 2018 to around 2,000 tonnes per year.

According to a security source, the "ports of Brazil are playing an increasing role in sending cocaine by container, and contribute to the large contamination of international maritime flows".

The seaway is the most used for large quantities, mostly by containers.

The port of Le Havre is the main gateway for cocaine in France. Thus, in 2017, 3.5 tonnes were seized from a total of 17.5 tonnes at the national level.

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