British man arrested over ecstasy haul

9th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, March 9, 2007 (AFP) - French authorities have arrested a 64-year-old British man after almost half a million ecstasy pills were found in the boot of his car, customs said Friday.

LILLE, France, March 9, 2007 (AFP) - French authorities have arrested a 64-year-old British man after almost half a million ecstasy pills were found in the boot of his car, customs said Friday.

When customs officers searched his Mercedes car near the northern port of Dunkerque they found 490,000 ecstasy pills in the boot hidden in four sports bags. The drugs have an estimated street value of 735,000 euros (966,600 dollars).

The unnamed 64-year-old man, who was pulled over on the motorway between Paris and Dunkerque, will go before judges later Friday.

"He is most probably just a smuggler, used by traffickers to transport the drug. The sports bags were just sitting in the boot without any attempt to hide the contents around the car," a source close to the enquiry said.

The man from Essex, northeast of London, was apparently en route to the French port of Calais where he intended to board a ship for Britain, Christain Bremeerch, a spokesman for Dunkerque customs told AFP.

The seizure of ecstasy was the largest by French customs since December 2003 when 852,000 pills were found in a heavy goods vehicle, also near Dunkerque.

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