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France seizes record haul of cocaine worth $338m on Venezuela flight

Published on Sep 22, 2013 3:07 PM
 
French police have seized a record haul of 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine found on board an Air France passenger plane, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced. -- PHOTO : AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French police have seized a record haul of 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine found on board an Air France passenger plane, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced.

The drugs, seized on Sept 11, had been packed into 30 suitcases, Mr Valls told a news conference on Saturday in Nanterre, outside Paris, adding that this was the biggest-ever haul in metropolitan France.

A source close to the investigation said the flight had originated in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, adding that the cocaine had a street value of some 200 million euros (S$338 million).

The operation was carried out in collaboration with Spanish, British and Dutch police, and Mr Valls said "several members of a criminal organisation" had been arrested.

 
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