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Monday, 13 May 2019

Eleven Tons Of Cannabis Seized Near Besançon, A First For Fifteen Years

Cannabis was seized on a heavy truck on the A36 motorway towards Paris. Four persons were placed at this stage of the investigation in police custody.

Eleven tons of cannabis were seized in the area of ​​Besançon (Doubs), Friday, May 10, learned France 3 source close to the survey, Monday, May 13. The last seizure of this magnitude dates back to June 29, 2004, when ten tons of cannabis were seized on a sailboat off Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais).

This seizure was made following an investigation initiated in 2017 by the judicial police and the JIRS (inter-regional Specialized Jurisdiction) of Nancy. According to France Bleu Grand Est, the judicial information, conducted in collaboration with the General Directorate of National Security of Morocco and Spanish Unidad de Droga and Crimen Organizado (UDYCO), has established traffic of magnitude between Morocco, Spain, France, and Belgium, notably by means of freight transport companies.

Several vehicles including a truck

Several vehicles, including a truck, were intercepted in the evening of Friday, May 10 on the A36 motorway towards Paris, in the area of ​​Besançon. Four persons, including one Italian national, were held in custody at this stage of the investigation.

In 1999, French customs had made a record 23.5 tonnes seizure on a trawler in the English Channel. In 2014, 42.7 tons of cannabis were recovered off Sicily by the Italian financial police, as part of a survey conducted by French customs. This was one of the largest seizures of cannabis resin ever made in Europe.

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