• In France, the year 2021 was historic in terms of drug seizures.

  • In Lille and Dunkirk, customs officials have also noted increasing seizures.

  • It is for cocaine that the volumes intercepted are increasing sharply.

The year 2021 was marked by “customs seizures of historic drugs” welcomed Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, and Olivier Dussopt, Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts, at the beginning of February.

Across the country as a whole, more than 115 tonnes of various drugs were intercepted, with a strong upward trend for cocaine.

On the area of ​​competence of the customs of Lille as well as for the customs officers of Dunkirk, the observation is the same.

In 2021, the men of the Lille customs department intercepted 1.1 t of narcotics in the Nord department, with the exception of the Dunkirk district.

This represents nearly 200 kg of cocaine, 600 kg of cannabis, 113 kg of heroin and 187 kg of synthetic drugs.

Cocaine seizures on the rise

The previous year, the harvest had been much lower, “only” 672 kg in all.

Customs explains that it is not so much the seizures that have increased as the quantities since with an almost identical number of findings from one year to the next, the volume of product withdrawn from the circuit has jumped by 64%.

Cannabis is still the first source of seizure.

However, it is for cocaine that the figures are carried away with a 637% increase in the quantities seized, going from 27 kg in 2020 to 199 kg in 2021. On the side of the arrondissement of Dunkirk, the trend is the even since the quantities of cocaine seized jumped by 41%.

On the other hand, the volumes are much larger: 1,676 kg in 2020 and 2,368 kg last year.

In the Nord department alone, and for cocaine alone, this represents a loss of earnings for traffickers on the illicit retail market of around 128 million euros.


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