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Police arrest 'grandad' drug dealers

Clea Caulcutt · 30 Jul 2012, 11:11

Published: 30 Jul 2012 11:11 GMT+02:00

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Anti-drug officers arrested the five suspects end June in the town of Marseille. Suspects include older big shots of the Marseille criminal scene such as 61-year-old Christian Bonelli, 60-year-old Parick Mazella and 59-year-old Gérard Clar, AKA big boss.

"These drug dealers did everything to remain as discreet as possible. They are old-school gangsters," a source close to the investigation told Le Parisien. "We are far from the flashy Audis and the Mercedes traffickers usually enjoy. "

Indeed it’s under the seats of a modest Mitsubishi Colt that police discovered 2 kilos of cocaine during searches.

Police also discovered a "makeshift" lab, with a press, scales and a kilo of cocaine, in an abandoned villa in Mimet near Marseille.

The gang reportedly supplied drugs in Nice and poorer neighbourhoods in Marseille.

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The five suspects were also caught with firearms,  including a machine pistol and a revolver, as well as €70,000 in cash.

Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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