In France, seizures of cocaine remain at very high levels because of the abundance of South American production. Fifteen tonnes were seized in 2018.
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 through cooperation with Brazil, where the drug 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.
After spotting and then spying three men who came to recover some of the narcotics, the agents decided to proceed to their arrest, midweek, in an apartment in Le Havre where they discovered 300 kg of cocaine, a Kalashnikov, with handguns and ammunition. On the port, the police discovered in a second container, an additional 380 kg of cocaine. The three suspects were placed in police custody.
In France, seizures of cocaine remain at very high levels because of the abundance of South American production. The production of the three main producing countries is estimated to have doubled between 2016 and 2018 to around 2,000 tonnes per year.
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. Last year, the police got their hands on 15 tons of "white".