Massive French drug find in breakfast cereal

French customs on Friday announced the seizure of a record 51 kilos (112 pounds) of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of breakfast cereal.

Massive French drug find in breakfast cereal
The customs officials grew suspicious as the cereal cartons appeared unusually heavy. Photo: Daniel Roland / AFP

“The merchandise is estimated to be worth 3.8 million euros ($4.3 million)on the illegal retail market,” according to a customs statement.

Customs officers at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport checking cartons containing bags of cereal en route from Cameroon to Malaysia on Tuesday night found them to be “unusually heavy”, the statement said.

They found the crystalline drug, a strong stimulant, in 40 of 70 bags.

Long popular in poorer Asian countries, especially among those who work long hours, methamphetamine now seems to be finding new markets in richer states such as South Korea and Singapore as well as Malaysia.