France makes huge heroin bust in Channel port

18th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - France has made its second biggest-ever heroin bust, seizing 356 kilos (785 pounds) of the narcotic in a truck headed to Britain via the Channel ferry port of Dunkirk, officials said Thursday.

LILLE, France, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - France has made its second biggest-ever heroin bust, seizing 356 kilos (785 pounds) of the narcotic in a truck headed to Britain via the Channel ferry port of Dunkirk, officials said Thursday.

The haul of the brown heroin -- which had an estimated street value of 10 million euros (10.3 million dollars) -- was made overnight Tuesday in a Turkish-registered truck. The 54-year-old Turkish driver is in custody.

The quantity was exceeded only by a 425-kilo bust made in 1972 off the French Mediterranean coast at the height of the "French connection" trafficking ring.

According to police, the heroin seized in Dunkirk was packed into sports bags in tape-bound plastic bags.

In February last year, customs officials made a similar find, discovering 305 kilos of white heroin (which is purer than the brown version) inside another Turkish-registered truck.

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Subject: French News

 

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