“White tide” in France: Narcos lose tons of cocaine from a boat


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The French Atlantic coast is invaded by a “tide” of cocaine, probably lost by a boat that was carrying it. A lot of cocaine packages have been appearing on the beaches of the French Atlantic coast, from the Loire-Atlantique to the Landes department (a strip of coastline of over 500 km). According to the AFP, only now almost a ton has been found divided into many small packages for a potential market value of over 60 million euros. Alarm among the authorities for the risk of looters who could start searching it. Many beaches in France (on the Atlantic) at this time are “armored” and under control.

Cocaine in France, the causes of the “white tide”

Originally, according to the investigators, there is probably a boat of narcos skipper that has lost its cargo at sea or had to abandon it because of a failure or rough sea. The prosecutor of the Republic in Rennes, Philippe Astruc is one of the main supporters of this thesis shared by most experts.

“Statistically, the maritime hypothesis is the most likely since, according to the European secret services, about two-thirds of the cocaine that enters Europe arrives by sea” – said David Weinberger, drug expert at the French Institute of Advanced Studies for Security and Justice, at Agence France Presse. “Since world customs controls only about one or two percent of the containers”continued Weinberger, without however completely ruling out the possibility that “this cargo, which is located on French beaches, may result from the possible accident of a private plane on the high seas.”

“In terms of quantity collected we are in the order of other seizures” – said Astruc, recalling the year 2015 when two shipments of cocaine were seized on two occasions, one of 1.6 tons, by two sailors, and the second of 1.4 in a boat in La Havre.”

About Narcos skipper

The phenomenon of narcos that use boats, sailing and motor boats for drug trafficking is increasingly widespread and not only in the ocean, but also here in the Mediterranean. This is an all-Italian case: a gang of six narco-traffickers who imported on a boat high quality hashish, from Morocco to the Côte d’Azur and then supplied the market in central and northern Italy, was unleashed.


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