Cannabis worth EUR 406,000 seized at border
8 August 2006, HENDAYA – Customs officers at the French-Spanish border have intercepted a car carrying EUR 406,000 of cannabis, it was revealed on Tuesday.
8 August 2006
HENDAYA – Customs officers at the French-Spanish border have intercepted a car carrying EUR 406,000 of cannabis, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Customs authorities said the interception was the latest in two months and was part of a recent pattern of drug smugglers using speed boats or cars to take drugs between the two countries.
Officials said the cars were usually robbed and the drug traffickers were often armed and "prepared to do anything".
The latest drug smuggler crossed the border from Spain to France on 2 August.
When he was asked to stop at a customs point at Hendaya he refused and accelerated.
At Biarritz toll point he broke the barrier and hit the car in front of him. Customs officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being knocked down.
Finally, officials slowed the car by laying out a track of wire teeth in the road which punctured the criminal’s tyres.
Even so, the driver continued, chased by customs officers, for another 2 km.
Eventually, he abandoned his car and fled on foot.
The car was found to have false French licence plates on it and contained 203 kilograms of cannabis resin.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news