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Police seize cannabis worth €2m hidden in fuel tank of Spanish truck

Police made the haul after stopping a truck which seemed to be travelling without any cargo... until they checked its fuel tank.

Police seize cannabis worth €2m hidden in fuel tank of Spanish truck
All photos: Douane Française

A total of 342.5 kg of cannabis resin – with an estimated street value of over €2 million – was found hidden in the fuel tank of the truck.
 

French police stopped the vehicle on the A31 motorway, heading in the direction of Nancy-Metz, and on an initial inspection it appeared to be empty. The two drivers, both of Spanish nationality, claimed they were travelling from Spain to repair a truck for a company from Luxembourg. 

But police clearly realized something wasn't right and conducted a full search of the truck. After several hours, their attention turned to the vehicle's external tank.

Getting at the illicit cargo inside was no easy feat – police had to drive the truck to a nearby garage, where the tank was loosened and removed from the vehicle, before being cut open to reveal the enormous stash of drugs.

The 342.5 kg of cannabis was hidden in a metal case inside the tank, stored neatly in packets of different sizes.

Nancy's specialized interregional court are continuing the investigation.

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Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo’s Ibiza house

Six people have been arrested in connection with the €3-million burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward Ronaldo, AFP learned on Thursday from sources close to the investigation.

Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo's Ibiza house

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck on Monday, making off with jewellery and money.

Two people were arrested in the port of Denia in eastern Spain and four others were held in the southern city of Malaga, these sources told AFP without further details.

According to the Spanish press, four of the six arrested are Albanian, the other two being a Spaniard and a Romanian, making up an organised gang specialising in burglary.

Press reports also claim that the Spanish police recovered a large part of the loot, estimated at around €3 million.

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