Near Toulouse. Drug trafficking: 35 kg of cannabis and 7 weapons seized, 11 people arrested
Through Laurent Derne
For nearly a year, intelligence has produced the state of the existence of a drug trafficking watering the west of the Pink City. Under the authority of the Toulouse public prosecutor’s office, the gendarmes of the Toulouse-Mirail company set up discreet surveillance.
A convoy of three vehicles including a heavyweight
They made it possible over the weeks to materialize an organization and to identify the main protagonists of the traffic. A court information was opened last summer for “acquisition, possession, sale, unauthorized transport of narcotics and money laundering”. UN judge was appointed to lead the investigations.
On January 31, 2023, investigators observed, from Spain to France, an import convoy made up of three vehicles including a heavy goods vehicle. While the two vehicles took the direction of Toulouse, the truck separated from the convoy at Narbonne and headed towards the Gard.
Kick in the anthill
Supported by specialized resources from the Occitanie gendarmerie region, the soldiers of the GIGN branch in Toulouse challenged the three conveyors on their arrival in the town of Tournefeuille (Haute-Garonne).
Conducted by investigators from the Toulouse-Mirail research brigade these arrests immediately triggered a wave of eight other arrests
on the “Toulouse platform” by the PSIGs of the four companies in the Haute-Garonne department (Toulouse-Mirail, Saint-Gaudens, Muret, Villefranche-de-Lauragais).
120,000 euros of criminal assets seized The driver of the heavyweight was arrested in the Gard by the gendarmes of the motorized brigade of Lunel (Hérault) and the motorway platoon of Grand Gallargues (Gard). These operations led to the discovery and seizure of 35 kg of drugs including 29 kg of grass and 5 kg of cannabis resin; €25,000 cash ; 7 vehicles ; 1 heavyweight ; 7 arms
(3 long guns and 4 handguns). “Overall, the operation made it possible toseize 120,000 euros of criminal assets”
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Reinforced by the gendarmes of the Toulouse-Mirail and Toulouse Saint-Michel companies, as well as by three dog teams including two from the Surveillance and Intervention Platoon (PSIG) from Colomiers and one from the PSIG from Gaillac (81).Follow all the news from your favorite cities and media by subscribing to