SHARE
COPY LINK

CRIME

French cops find €2m of cannabis in truck’s tank

Police made the haul after stopping a truck which seemed to be travelling without any cargo... until they checked inside its fuel tank.

French cops find €2m of cannabis in truck's tank
All photos: Police

A total of 342.5 kg of cannabis resin – with an estimated value of over €2 million – was found hidden in the fuel tank of the truck.

Police stopped the vehicle on the A31 motorway on December 21st, heading in the direction of Nancy-Metz, and on an initial inspection it appeared to be empty. The two drivers, both of Spanish nationality, claimed they were travelling from Spain to repair a truck for a company from Luxembourg. 

But police clearly realized something wasn't right and conducted a full search of the truck. After several hours, their attention turned to the vehicle's external fuel tank.

Getting at the illicit cargo inside was no easy feat – police had to drive the truck to a nearby garage, where the tank was loosened and removed from the vehicle, before being cut open to reveal the enormous stash of drugs.

The 342.5 kg of cannabis was hidden in a metal case inside the tank, stored neatly in packets of different sizes.

Nancy's specialized interregional court is continuing the investigation.

POLICE

France vows to tackle motorbike ‘rodeos’ after children injured

The French government has pledged a new crackdown against illicit motorbike cruising by youths in suburbs across the country, after two children were seriously injured by a rider near Paris.

France vows to tackle motorbike 'rodeos' after children injured

The rowdy late-night races and stunts known as “rodeos” have become increasingly popular in particular in low-income neighbourhoods, leading to complaints about traffic and noise from local officials and many residents.

On Friday evening, a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were hit by a rider while playing tag outside their home in Pontoise, northwest of the capital.

French daily Le Figaro reported on Monday that the girl suffered a blow to the head and remained in serious condition in hospital, while the boy had a broken leg.

The accident came after a 19-year-old man was killed in June after being hit by a bike rider in the western city of Rennes.

“I have asked the police to step up their interventions this month,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in the southern city of Marseille.

Nonetheless the rodeos are often tolerated or defended as a gritty urban subculture that provides an outlet for disaffected youths, with an upcoming film, “Rodeo”, that appears to glorify the gatherings and  generated a strong buzz at the Cannes film festival last May.

Police have carried out 8,000 operations to break up rodeos in the past two months, leading to 1,200 arrests and the seizure of around 700 motorbikes and other vehicles including all-terrain “quads”.

In 2018, parliament passed a law increasing penalties for the riders to up to five years in prison.

SHOW COMMENTS