Air France in spotlight as nine held over record cocaine bust
NANTERRE, France (AFP) - Nine people are being held in France and Venezuela in connection with the seizure of 1.3 tonnes of cocaine stashed in suitcases on an Air France flight, police said on Monday.
Confirmation that six people were in custody in France followed Venezuela’s announcement on Sunday that three members of their security services had been detained on suspicion of involvement in smuggling that led to the biggest cocaine seizure ever on French soil.
The drugs with an estimated street value of 200 million euros (S$339 million) were found inside 30 suitcases on a Caracas-Paris flight, according to French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who announced the seizure on Saturday.
Venezuela’s justice and interior minister Miguel Rodriguez said on Sunday that an officer from the anti-drug unit of the Bolivarian National Guard and two National Guard sergeants had been arrested.