Thirteen people were indicted following the dismantling last week of a vast trafficking in arms and cocaine in Guadeloupe, linked to the seizure of 216 kg of cocaine in 2019 in Orly, we learned on Tuesday. police source.
Twenty-six people, working in particular in the air freight sector in Guadeloupe, had been arrested and 13 of them were indicted for "criminal conspiracy, drug trafficking, arms trafficking or money laundering", including " six were imprisoned ”, according to this source.
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"Two people", including "a customs officer", are also placed "under the status of assisted witness", according to the same source.
Among the suspects are employees of "several companies working in the field of air freight in particular, but also in the refueling of aircraft", as well as a nightclub manager, said Friday Renaud Gaudeul, public prosecutor in Fort-de-France, where the specialized interregional jurisdiction (Jirs) is based.
"240 kg of cocaine, more than twenty weapons, a thousand ammunition of all calibers"
"216 kg of cocaine on air freight, [...] it appears that over the past 5 years we have not had a seizure of this magnitude in France according to OFAST figures", also indicated Laurent Chavanne, director of the judicial police of the Antilles zone.
"It is an exceptional affair" by "the coordination of services", he also stressed.
In total, "240 kg of cocaine, more than twenty weapons, a thousand ammunition of all calibers, 9 vehicles, some of which are luxury, 5 two-wheelers of large capacity" as well as "liquid for more than 30 000 €, vintage bottles, for example of rum, and also various luxury products ”had been seized, according to Renaud Gaudeul.
The investigation continues, led by an examining magistrate.