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2 Tons of Cocaine Found on Venezuelan Boat

July 29, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

What France called one of its biggest cocaine seizures on record, officers in the French Caribbean seized 2 tons of cocaine from a Venezuelan fishing trawler.

French Navy ships and surveillance aircraft had tracked the trawler for six days, said Michel Cadot, the top French official on Martinique.

With Venezuela's approval, French officers boarded the boat, Cadot said. The cocaine was discovered in about 60 bags within welded panels in the boat's bow.

The eight crew members were detained, Cadot said, and would be turned over to Venezuela after being processed on Martinique.

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