Cannabis herb (illustration).
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Under the straw ... weed cannabis.
Some 377 kg were discovered by customs officials last week in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in a truck from Spain that was supposed to carry a cargo of straw.
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Customs officers checked on October 23 a refrigerated trailer truck, supposed to make a Spain-Netherlands trip, on a motorway rest area near the Spanish border.
With the help of a scanner truck, they were able to detect a difference in homogeneity in the very compact straw cargo.
They then extracted rows of straw with lifting gear, and discovered 329 packages of herbal cannabis, customs said in a statement.
The driver of the truck, a 43-year-old Dutchman, has been remanded in custody, and is due to appear before the Bayonne Criminal Court on November 19.
The operation, according to customs, confirms the trend which in 2020 saw cannabis herb become predominant, in seizures, to the detriment of cannabis resin.
Customs seized a total of 52.3 tonnes of cannabis in 2019.
The straw from the intercepted truck, 60 m3, was given free of charge to a farmer in the neighboring Landes department.
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