Dutch drug smugglers imprisoned in France
A French court has sentenced 12 Dutch citizens to terms of between 5 and 20 years in prison for smuggling more than 140 tonnes of cannabis.22 May 2008
BORDEAUX - A court in Bordeaux, France has sentenced 12 Dutch citizens to terms of between 5 and 20 years in prison.
They were found guilty of smuggling more than 140 tonnes of cannabis from Spain to The Netherlands. Two other Dutch nationals were cleared of the charges.
The defendants were traced by French police three years ago after three tonnes of cannabis were discovered in a Dutch lorry.
The Dutch driver phoned the police after finding the drugs. Although he maintained he had nothing to do with the illicit cargo, the court sentenced him to five years in prison.
He and five others who were extradited to France to stand trial will be sent back to The Netherlands to be serve time.
Under the extradition treaty, their terms will be converted to Dutch sentencing norms which are far less harsh for smuggling cannabis and they may be immediately freed.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]