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French police seize six tonnes of cannabis

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French police seize six tonnes of cannabis
The hashish haul was among the biggest in years for French police. File photo: AFP
12:51 CEST+02:00
French police discovered nearly six tonnes of cannabis resin, known as hashish, in a villa in the southern city of Marseille and arrested three men, the interior ministry said on Monday.
https://www.thelocal.fr/20150521/french-drug-dealers-offer-loyalty-cardsThe drug bust came after months of investigation and is one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in France in recent years.
   
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that police had tracked the three men believed to be involved in a vast drug trafficking network to Marseille and the nearby town of Vitrolles on Sunday.
   
They found 5.6 tonnes of hashish in a villa and another 150 kilos of the drug in a car.
   
Cazeneuve, who will visit Marseille later on Monday, congratulated officers on their "major success".
 
The cannabis culture in Marseille is strong, with dealers making headlines the world over in May when it was revealed they were handing out loyalty cards to their regular customers.
   
In 2013, French customs officers seized 7.5 tonnes of cannabis in one day, with 5.5 tonnes found in a truck carrying courgettes and another two tonnes in a truck carrying oranges.
   
The biggest ever cannabis seizure in France was in 1999 when 23.5 tonnes was seized in one haul.
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