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Air Cocaïne on Canal +: the stuff of crooks

2023-03-22T06:10:17.523Z


CRITICISM – A documentary series recounts in detail this case, which occurred ten years ago, of failed trafficking and successful exfiltration.


What triggers the case?

It's that my finances are going down… 

A modest way of telling the kick-off of a blow that will have sent him twelve years behind bars.

This justification, which does not exactly constitute a mea culpa, is that of Frank Colin, the main person in charge of Air Cocaïne, a case of drug trafficking between the Dominican Republic and the south of France which occurred in 2012 and 2013. She had paid for the Chronicle.

And not only because 700 kg of powder had time to be transported by private jet to France – the equivalent of 25 million euros in bad rolling suitcases.

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The Air Cocaïne affair led to another: the exfiltration of the two pilots of the jet used, Bruno Odos and Pascal Fauret.

Two former soldiers converted into airline pilots, who swore they did not know exactly which lines conveyed their Falcon 50. French justice has completely cleared them.

The Dominican Republic had sentenced them to twenty years in prison.

In 2015, an ex-soldier close to the extreme right, Pierre Malinowski, and an aeronautics expert, Christophe Naudin, therefore mounted an astonishing expedition to bring them back to France, provoking the fury of the Dominican government: it is the one of the most interesting parts of this documentary.

Not always on the same wavelength, the testimonies of Naudin and Malinowski are, moreover, sometimes smiling.

Draw line

This four-part series bears witness to Canal+'s new policy, which bets even more on reality.

This story contains all the material necessary for engaging narratives.

It lent itself perfectly to a serial format 

, enthuses Christine Cauquelin, director of documentaries for the channel.

To flesh out the story, the directors have chosen to multiply the reconstitution scenes with actors more or less resembling the protagonists.

Why not, but the series would probably have won not to draw the line...

Frank Colin, the “brain” of the affair, if one must use this expression which seems a little too flattering, speaks at length.

And for the first time.

His story depicts a fiasco where an overly impressionable customs officer and an overly talkative drug lord meet.

Passed from gambler in a Lamborghini to garbage collector, Frank Colin picks up today, in the middle of the dead leaves, memories and regrets.

He swears that he will not be caught there again.

Source: lefigaro

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