Record 303 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized at French Guiana Airport

Customs officers in French Guiana seize a record 303 kg of cocaine, arresting three suspects in a major drug trafficking operation. The seizure highlights the ongoing efforts to combat drug smuggling in the region.

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Record 303 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized at French Guiana Airport

Record 303 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized at French Guiana Airport

On April 12, customs officers at Félix Éboué Airport in French Guiana made a record-breaking seizure of 303 kilograms of cocaine hidden in cargo destined for a flight to Paris. The cocaine was discovered during a routine inspection of freight to be loaded onto an Air Caraïbes flight.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the drug trafficking operation: two men in their thirties from Marseille and a third man from Cayenne. The suspects were transferred to Martinique to appear before a magistrate from the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS), which has taken over the investigation.

The 303 kilograms of seized cocaine represents the largest amount ever confiscated at Félix Éboué Airport. French Guiana, an overseas department of France located on the northeast coast of South America, has become a major transit point for cocaine smuggled from neighboring countries like Suriname and Brazil.

Why this matters: The record cocaine seizure highlights the ongoing efforts by French authorities to combat drug trafficking in French Guiana and disrupt the flow of illegal drugs to Europe. It also highlights the challenges faced in securing borders and preventing the exploitation of transportation infrastructure by organized crime groups.

Authorities have not released the estimated street value of the seized cocaine or provided further details about the ongoing investigation. The three arrested suspects remain in custody as the JIRS magistrate leads the inquiry into the international drug trafficking operation. Customs officials at Félix Éboué Airport continue their vigilance in detecting and intercepting illegal drug shipments passing through the facility.

Key Takeaways

  • 303 kg of cocaine seized at Félix Éboué Airport in French Guiana, a record amount.
  • 3 suspects arrested, 2 from Marseille and 1 from Cayenne, transferred to Martinique.
  • French Guiana is a major transit point for cocaine smuggled from neighboring countries.
  • Seizure highlights efforts by French authorities to combat drug trafficking in the region.
  • Ongoing investigation by the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS) magistrate.