world talking news – France ‘flooded’ with cocaine as traffickers exploit ‘back door to Europe’
France is being “flooded” with cocaine as dozens of drug ‘mules’ arrive day by day in Paris on passenger flights from Guiana, a French territory in South America.
After touchdown in Paris, a few of the medicine are then transported to the UK and different European international locations, notably the Netherlands, in accordance with French police.
Police and customs officers at Orly airport say they’re “overwhelmed” by the steep rise within the variety of smugglers boarding home flights to Paris from Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana, since 2015.
The quantities reaching France have rocketed as Colombian and different Latin American medicine gangs have began exploiting Guiana as a “back-door” to Europe, police say.
Guiana is a part of France however suffers from poverty, lawlessness and excessive youth unemployment, offering a prepared provide of individuals keen to hold medicine to France in return for funds of as little as €2,000 (£1,760).
A police supply mentioned the youngest mule detected up to now was aged 13, the oldest over 80.