France joins Benelux raids on 'drug tourists'

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THE HAGUE, Sept 30 (AFP) - Some 600 police, customs and military police officers from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg on Wednesday carried out a major drugs sweep, Dutch authorities who coordinated the action said Thursday.

THE HAGUE, Sept 30 (AFP) - Some 600 police, customs and military police officers from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg on Wednesday carried out a major drugs sweep, Dutch authorities who coordinated the action said Thursday.  

The biggest catch was made in the northern French city of Arras where two Italian nationals were caught with 6.4 kilos of cocaine.  

Dutch police observed houses where drug users are known to gather and so-called coffee-shops where cannabis is sold legally. Although it can be bought legally in the Netherlands many tourists take it across the border to Belgium or Germany where it is illegal.  

Tourists buying drugs were observed and this information was passed on to the police in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.  

The high-speed Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris was checked and in Belgium and the Netherlands over 700 cars and 1,000 people were searched. Many of the people stopped carried small quantities of drugs, the authorities here said.  

Dutch authorities did not have information about the number of searches carried out in France and Luxembourg.

© AFP

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