French Connection vets nabbed in drugs swoop

3rd December 2004, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Dec 3 (AFP) - Two veterans of the so-called French Connection - the 1970s drugs smuggling operation based in the Mediterranean port of Marseille - have been arrested again over an alleged attempt to import Colombian cocaine, police sources said Friday.

MARSEILLE, France, Dec 3 (AFP) - Two veterans of the so-called French Connection - the 1970s drugs smuggling operation based in the Mediterranean port of Marseille - have been arrested again over an alleged attempt to import Colombian cocaine, police sources said Friday.

William Perrin, 73, and Andre Bousquet, 58, were among 19 people to have been detained since the start of November.

In addition to 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of cocaine, police said they had seized EUR 500,000 (USD 650,000) in cash and an arsenal including a rocket-launcher and some 20 assault rifles.

Perrin was convicted in 1992 of smuggling heroin on yachts from Thailand to French islands in the Caribbean.

Bousquet, known as the "chemist," was caught in 1980 refining morphine in Sicily. Both had been recently released from jail.

© AFP

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