Serial arrests in the world of narco-banditry. Twelve people have been arrested since Tuesday in several French departments, as part of the investigation into the murder of a teenager in April in Amiens, victim of a "settling of scores" against a backdrop of drug trafficking, we learned on Friday from sources close to the investigation.
A nationwide operation, carried out by the judicial police in cooperation with various police services, resulted in this series of arrests "in the context of narco-banditry", the source said. Referrals are underway before the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS) in Lille, she added.
Arrests throughout France
According to our colleagues from France Bleu Picardie, two of the suspects live in the Somme, others live in the Paris region, in the North, in Seine-Maritime, in the Landes and in the Aude. One of them was taken from his cell in Meaux prison (Seine-et-Marne). Several of them are known to the authorities, particularly for theft, violence or drug trafficking.
A 16-year-old boy was shot dead at dawn on 13 April at his home in Amiens, and his twin brother was seriously injured. The two brothers were not known to police. According to the initial elements of the investigation, the assailant(s), hooded and posing as police officers, "entered the house and went upstairs" where the twins were, before firing several times in their direction with a handgun.
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During the arrests, a fake handgun, a gas canister, a balaclava, nearly €40,000 in cash and just over 300g of cannabis resin were seized, as were numerous phones.