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Cocaine worth £6m found in flat near Nicolas Sarkozy's home

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Cocaine with a street value of more than £6 million has been found at the flat of a royal neighbour of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Some 111 kilograms (17st) of the illegal drug was seized by police in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

    Armed officers arrested two men and two women following the raid which followed a long surveillance investigation, while two more suspects are on the run.

    Much of the operation involved watching an apartment just a short distance from a property belonging to Mr Sarkozy, who was mayor of Neuilly.

    The flat belongs to Princess Norah Bint Abdulaziz, a Saudi Arabian Princess, who is said to have known nothing about what was going on and visits the flats for no more than two weeks a year.

    Police have said she is not a suspect.

    Those arrested, who included two French nationals, an Iranian, and a Venezuelan, are believed to have broken into the £2million flat because its owner is never there.

    Christian Flaesch, director of the Paris Judical Police, who coordinated the raid, admitted it was unusual to find a drugs den in a hugely prosperous residential area linked so closely with the President of France.

    "It's certainly rare to find this in a flat," said Mr Flaesch. "A big cartel was clearly involved in bringing such a quantity of drugs to France and it would have the ability to distribute it after that."

    A video shot by police shows the cocaine stuffed into scores of clear plastic bags inside a number of suitcases.

    Peter Allen, in Paris
    28 Nov 2010



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