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Marseille: 20 people indicted in connection with a drug trafficking investigation

2023-12-02T10:19:04.487Z

Highlights: Marseille: 20 people indicted in connection with a drug trafficking investigation. At the beginning of the week, 26 people, including a minor, likely to be linked to a clan of drug traffickers in the Marseille region, were arrested by the police. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin hailed on Wednesday on X (ex-Twitter) a "new dragnet in the world of drug gangs" in Marseille. The year 2023 already promises to be record with a 57% increase in homicides and attempted homicides related to drug trafficking.


At the beginning of the week, 26 people, including a minor, likely to be linked to a clan of drug traffickers in the Marseille region, were arrested by the police.


A new step in an investigation that began several months ago. Twenty people, including two women, arrested on Tuesday in three housing estates in Marseille, have been indicted as part of an investigation opened in March for drug trafficking and criminal association, the public prosecutor of Marseille announced on Saturday.

Of the 20 people indicted, eight were placed under judicial supervision and twelve in pre-trial detention, Bessone's statement said. The investigations carried out since March have uncovered "the functioning and organisation of a criminal group in the context of drug trafficking operating within the Font-Vert and Les Marronniers housing estates as well as at a deal point in the La Paternelle housing estate", he added.

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A total of 26 people, including a minor, "likely to be linked to the DZ mafia" - a clan of drug traffickers from the Marseille region who are fighting for control of deal points with "Yoda", a rival clan - were arrested on Tuesday in Marseille as part of a police operation carried out by investigators from the Anti-Narcotics Office (OFAST).

Raids elsewhere in France

The prosecutor of Marseille, present on Wednesday morning with the police forces in one of these cities, Font-Vert, where this raid took place, had then indicated that "50 kg of cannabis resin were also seized, almost a kilo of cocaine" and "cash, 25,000 euros", praising the "long-term work" of the investigators of the judicial police. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin hailed on Wednesday on X (ex-Twitter) a "new dragnet in the world of drug gangs" in Marseille.

A new dragnet in the world of narco-banditry in #Marseille. After the 22 arrests made last week, the police yesterday arrested 24 individuals suspected of being linked to drug trafficking.https://t.co/yj30JUzXyW

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) November 29, 2023

A week earlier, on 20 November, as part of an investigation for criminal association and drug trafficking, another raid had targeted around twenty people in the Paris and Lyon regions as well as in the Aisne department. Nine of them had been indicted. According to a source close to the case, these people were suspected of belonging to the "Yoda" clan, engaged in a deadly war with the "DZ Mafia" for control of drug trafficking in France's second city.

Violence linked to drug trafficking and mainly the rivalry between these two clans has caused the death of 47 people since the beginning of the year in Marseille. At the level of France, the year 2023 already promises to be record with a 57% increase in homicides and attempted homicides related to drug trafficking, revealed Monday the boss of the national police, Frédéric Veaux, before the Senate commission of inquiry on "drug trafficking in France".

Source: leparis

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