France seizes tons of cocaine from Venezuela

2013-09-21 23:01
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Paris - French police have seized 1.3 tons of pure cocaine found on board an Air France cargo plane, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced on Saturday.

The drugs, seized on 11 September, had been packed into 30 suitcases, Valls told a news conference in Nanterre, outside Paris.

A source close to the investigation said the flight had originated in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, adding that the haul had a street value of some €200m ($270m).

It was the biggest drug seizure ever carried out in the Paris region, Valls said, displaying the 30 empty suitcases that had contained the cocaine and were not linked to any of the passengers on the flight.

Valls said four tons of cocaine has been seized in France since the start of the year.

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