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Police arrest ‘grandad’ drug dealers

A gang of middle-aged 'old school gangsters' in Marseille has been caught with a stash of firearms, a drugs lab and two kilos of cocaine.

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.

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

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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