A man smokes cannabis (illustrative image).



Eight people suspected of belonging to a major network of drug traffickers in Ile-de-France have been indicted, we learned Tuesday from a judicial source.

They were indicted on charges of "importation of narcotics in an organized gang, possession, supply, transport, sale of narcotics, criminal association and aggravated money laundering".

Seven of them were jailed, including one pending further debate on his pre-trial detention, and another was placed under judicial supervision, the source added.

They were arrested last Thursday in Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Seine-et-Marne as part of an investigation entrusted to the judicial police of Evry (Essonne).

In total, a ton of cannabis, nearly 650,000 euros in cash, three handguns, including a submachine gun, vehicles and luxury watches, for a total of more than 200,000 euros, were seized.

An extremely structured team

The investigation began nine months ago.

"The trigger for the case" is "a former Essonne", explained Fabrice Saugner, head of the judicial police of Evry.

The "extremely structured" team is built "around a sibling group based in Val-de-Marne, of three brothers, of which the eldest is the leader", he added.

Cannabis came from Morocco, passed through Spain.

“The traffic during the first period of confinement was very largely slowed down.

The teams [of traffickers] took enormous precautions, ”which made a seizure all the more complicated to carry out, according to Fabrice Saugner.


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