New Trend of Drug Crime in France: Minors as Drug Trafficking Mules

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 New Trend of Drug Crime in France: Minors as Drug Trafficking Mules


Tuyuan/Parisian

Overseas Network July 9, France summer holiday season approaching, overseas provincial police found that more and more young people in Paris embarked on a drug trafficking trip, but also mistakenly found a cost-effective sunshine holiday plan. These young people, who are young or even under age, have become mules for drug trafficking. They hide drugs in suitcases and transport them to Reunion, but they are in prison. This is a new trend of drug crime in recent years.

The number of drugs seized at Roland-Garros airport in Reunion has been increasing in the past year, almost every week, the Parisian newspaper reported on the 7th. In the past few months, about 10 young drug traffickers from Paris have been detained in Reunion Prison. The drugs they brought to the island in their suitcases include cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy.

These young people have different ways of bringing goods. Some people hide cannabis in cans and others mix drugs in laundry powder buckets. Police said two young people from Sena-Man and Watts provinces in Paris were persuaded to bring some video shooting equipment to Reunion Island in a Sena-San Dani nightclub. In April, a 19-year-old Belgian woman brought a beautifully packaged painting to the island, hiding 13.2 in fact. Kg of Indian cannabis resin; in June, a Chadian youth arrived in Reunion from Paris de Gaulle Airport and customs seized 681 grams of cocaine from his bath bottle.

On June 23, three young women from Limei-Brevane and Ivry on the Seine River in the Man Valley Province of Paris arrived at Reunion by air from the Paris suburban airport, where they landed and were intercepted for carrying drugs. All three were between 18 and 19 years old, still living in their parentshomes, and one of them had just passed the high school graduation examination. In addition to swimsuits and sunscreen, they also have 30 kilograms of cannabis resin and 2700 ecstasy pills in their suitcases. They explained that they helped bring goods to Reunion Island at the request of acquaintances in exchange for a few days of free accommodation in a hotel on the island and a 600 euro bonus when they returned home, which they thought was tobacco. At present, three people are accused of drug trafficking and detained in Reniwang, thousands of kilometers away from home. Judicial sources said the naivety of these young people was confusing and totally unaware of the risks they were taking in suspicious situations.

Reported that in the past three years, the demand for drugs on Reunion Island has surged, and the situation has become increasingly worrying in recent weeks. Cocaine is popular with young people in some communities, and the cannabis trade has triggered commercial competition between local drug traffickers in France and in Reunion.

Faced with the strong growth of drug demand, suppliers have increased their supply in an organized manner, while the number of take-on youth has increased dramatically, making the situation more and more serious. In 2018, the Customs seized nearly 3.9 kg of cocaine in Reunion, a three-fold increase over the previous year, and the number seized in the first half of 2019 has exceeded that figure. Facing the outbreak trend of drug trade, the judicial authorities intensified their efforts to combat it. As long as there are reasons, judicial investigation will be launched, including prosecution, application for temporary detention and so on, and sentencing is more stringent. In March, two Marseilles, aged 20 and 22, were sentenced to three yearsimprisonment for carrying 15.4 kilograms of cannabis resin and 6,255 ecstasy pills. They were also fined tens of thousands of euros on the basis of drug resale earnings, while their 1600 bonus for helping drug traffickers bring goods was not yet available. Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Xing Haibo_NBJS8850

Faced with the strong growth of drug demand, suppliers have increased their supply in an organized manner, while the number of take-on youth has increased dramatically, making the situation more and more serious. In 2018, the Customs seized nearly 3.9 kg of cocaine in Reunion, a three-fold increase over the previous year, and the number seized in the first half of 2019 has exceeded that figure.

Facing the outbreak trend of drug trade, the judicial authorities intensified their efforts to combat it. As long as there are reasons, judicial investigation will be launched, including prosecution, application for temporary detention and so on, and sentencing is more stringent. In March, two Marseilles, aged 20 and 22, were sentenced to three yearsimprisonment for carrying 15.4 kilograms of cannabis resin and 6,255 ecstasy pills. They were also fined tens of thousands of euros on the basis of drug resale earnings, while their 1600 bonus for helping drug traffickers bring goods was not yet available.