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M.Libert / 20 Minutes

Customs officers at the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, seized 76 kg of cocaine in one week for an estimated value of 5.4 million euros for resale.

The drugs were concealed in two vehicles embarking for England, according to a statement from the Directorate General of Customs released on Friday.

On January 28, officers checked a British van coming from the Netherlands.

X-ray examination of the vehicle revealed "a suspicious area in the floor under the seats," according to customs.

And on closer inspection, officials discovered 30 loaves of cocaine with a total weight of 36 kg.

Firm prison and committal

The van driver was sentenced Wednesday by the Boulogne-sur-Mer court to 18 months in prison with a committal warrant.

He also received a customs fine of 1.5 million euros, and a ban from French territory for 3 years.

Five days earlier, the same customs services had spotted a van from Romania.

Behind the side door trim in the back, officers found 40 kg of cocaine.

The driver, of British nationality, will be tried on March 1 in Boulogne-sur-Mer.


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