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Paris ‘drug dealer’ snared with €1 million – in cash

Police hit the jackpot during a run-of-the-mill drug stop in Paris this week finding an "extraordinary" €1 million in cash in the possession of a suspected drug dealer.

Paris 'drug dealer' snared with €1 million - in cash

At around 7pm on Monday evening, police in the French capital spotted a man they believed to be a drug dealer, in the city’s 19th arrondissement.

However, while carrying out a standard search, officers were amazed to find half a million euros in cash hidden in several bags in the suspect’s car, French TV station TF1 reported on Tuesday.

More astonishment was to come, however, when investigators conducted a search of the man’s home, not far from where he was stopped, and found yet another heap of cash, totalling hundreds of thousands of euros.

The total amount confiscated by shocked police officers was around €1 million, a source told TF1.

“A seizure like that is extraordinary. [To make this discovery] on this type of operation, in such a fortuitous way, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it,” one investigator told AFP anonymously.

The suspected drug dealer will now have to explain to investigators how he acquired the eye-watering sum of money.

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British fan recovers luxury watch after Paris Champions League mayhem

A British fan robbed of his watch in the crowd chaos at the Champions League football final in Paris in May has been reunited with the timepiece after it was found by police, prosecutors said on Thursday.

British fan recovers luxury watch after Paris Champions League mayhem

The Breitling watch worth several thousand euros was among several items recovered from a suspected thief who was arrested during the fiasco that marred the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

As fans massed at the Stade de France stadium just north of Paris, organisers kept thousands out because of suspected fake tickets, creating bottlenecks at entry gates that prompted police to fire tear gas and pepper spray.

After the game, supporters were preyed on by robbers as they made their way to local transport connections, with many reporting pickpocketing, muggings and threats.

“In one operation on the night of the final, several objects that clearly had been stolen were seized. Investigators were able to identify the owner of a luxury watch,” prosecutor Eric Mathais in the Paris suburb of Bobigny said on Twitter.

“Contact was established with him and, during a visit to France, he was able to recover his watch at the Bobigny courthouse on Tuesday,” he said.

Around 240 complaints have been filed with police over the violence, which sparked concerns over the French authorities’ ability to ensure security at two major upcoming events, the Rugby World Cup next year and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“I’m hopeful that some of the perpetrators of these aggravated robberies will be identified and judged,” Mathais said.

An enquiry by the French Senate into the mayhem concluded last month that organisers were to blame, not supporters, undermining claims by the police and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

Paris police chief Didier Lallememt has since been replaced.

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