The journey of Guillaume Bertaut, 55, stopped dead in Bordeaux on Monday May 23 and ended forty-eight hours later behind bars in the Gradignan penitentiary center with a five-year prison sentence to be served, pronounced by the magistrates of the Bordeaux Criminal Court.
Guillaume Bertaut is no novice in this field. He has already been convicted of drug trafficking and is a repeat offender. Living between the West Indies and the Côte d’Azur, he frequents the drug scene. Leaving the island of Saint-Martin with 3 kg of cocaine in his luggage, he landed at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and took a flight to Bordeaux. According to his statements, he was then to join Cannes to deliver the cocaine to the sponsors who remain unknown because Guillaume Bertaut remained silent throughout his police custody and in court “for fear of reprisals”.
On Monday, mid-morning, the customs dog immediately marked the smuggler’s suitcase. Placed in customs detention for a few hours, the latter was then handed over to investigators from the Anti-Narcotics Office (OFAST) of the Zonal Directorate of the Bordeaux Judicial Police. Placed in police custody, he was questioned but would have been little talkative. He would have agreed to carry the 3 kg of cocaine because he is having serious money problems and will have to repay a debt.