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Cocaine worth $470 million seized in France, four arrested

Published on Feb 21, 2014 10:10 PM
Part of the1.4 tonnes of cocaine seized by police with a value of 270 million euros (S$470 million) at Le Havre harbour on Feb 12, 2014 is displayed at police headquarters in Nanterre. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - French police said on Friday they had seized a record 1.4 tonnes of cocaine and four people had been arrested in a "severe blow" to an international drug trafficking chain.

French police sources said the drugs were seized on Wednesday at the northern port of Le Havre and were hidden in tyres on a cargo ship from Valparaiso in Chile.

Two Spaniards were arrested in France after the seizure, which came after a "long and thorough" investigation, police said.

Two Bulgarians, believed to be organisers of the trafficking, were also arrested by local police in the eastern Varna province. More arrests were also expected in Spain.

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