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Stung! 25,000 stolen bees tracked down in Brittany

A thief who stole 25,000 bees from a remote part of the Loire region has finally been stung by police, thanks to an anonymous tip-off. The stolen hives, worth €60,000, were found hundreds of kilometers away in Brittany.

Stung! 25,000 stolen bees tracked down in Brittany
Stung by police - 25,000 stolen bees turn up in Brittany. Photo: Shutterstock

Anyone willing to steal 61 hives or 25,000 bees must be wary about being stung and that was the case in France this week, thanks to a member of the public.

In March thieves pilfered the hives from an apiculturist based in a remote part of the Loire region.

Beekeeper Bernard Nicollet reported the hives, worth around €60,000, were stolen in the middle of the night from his land in Cergne between March 12th and 14th. A distraught Nicollet said the bees represented “a decade of his work”.

Nicollet and his wife Marie Christine, who have around 400 hives in total, believed the thieves were experts as they only targeted hives containing bees. Police also said they must have had substantial equipment to transport the hives.

For nearly two months the theft remained unsolved until they received an anonymous email from a member of the public this week.

And the identity of the thief left the couple shocked.

“Police called us to say they had found the hives near Rennes, at the home of an intern, who was with us in February,” said Marie-Christine Nicollet.

“We are thrilled. We will see them as soon as we get authorization from a judge,” she said.

The intern reportedly told police that he had bought the hives from the couple. 

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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