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Car dealer on the lam after US drug seizure

  1. Balzafire
    MONTREAL – A used-car salesman from central Quebec is now a wanted man after he skipped two court appearances in Arkansas following a $4.5-million cocaine seizure.

    Francois Robillard, 57, didn't show up for his Aug. 13 court date at Crawford County courthouse in Van Buren, Arkansas. He had also been a no-show for his preliminary hearing on July 9. A federal judge subsequently issued an arrest warrant for the businessman from Sorel-Tracy, 100 kilometres east of Montreal.

    The judge also revoked a $150,000 bail ruling that had allowed Robillard to leave the U.S. jail on March 24. The Arkansas judge has set bail at $1,000,000 this time around, says deputy prosecutor Scott Houston.

    On March 17, Arkansas state troopers stopped a van towing a trailer that was carrying two Ford Mustangs. Police arrested Robillard after a search uncovered 90 kg of cocaine hidden inside the trailer. The drugs have a street value of $4.5 million.

    Police believe the drugs were being transported from California. Police said the suspect refused to discuss the origin of the cocaine, claiming he couldn't speak English.

    Robillard, who doesn’t have a criminal record, faces up to 40 years in prison if he’s convicted.

    By QMI Agency
    August 25, 2010


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