French police make record 300kg heroin seizure

8th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Feb 8, 2006 (AFP) - French police have seized more than 300 kilograms of heroin stashed inside a Turkish truck, in one of the largest hauls of the drug ever made in Europe, customs officials said on Wednesday.

LILLE, France, Feb 8, 2006 (AFP) - French police have seized more than 300 kilograms of heroin stashed inside a Turkish truck, in one of the largest hauls of the drug ever made in Europe, customs officials said on Wednesday.

The drugs were found last week, concealed inside several sports bags on board a lorry carrying spare car parts to England, as it waited at a ferry terminal in the northern French port of Dunkirk.

The truck's Turkish driver, who was immediately detained, told police the 305 kilos (670 pounds) of white heroin had been planted inside his truck without his knowledge.

The haul of white heroin, which is almost twice as expensive as the brown kind, has a customs value of 12 million euros (14.3 million dollars).

The heroin seizure is one of the five largest in Europe in a decade, and the biggest in France since 1972, when police discovered 425 kilos of the drug in the southern port of Marseille.

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