False bottom in a truck hid stash of drugs
Police have revealed details about how they found the stash of cannabis near the Millau viaduct, that resulted in a Spanish man being jailed for four years this week.
“We had positioned a team at the viaduct toll", explained Hervé Geffroy, the head of the customs division of Toulouse, "and our men followed the truck before forcing him to stop at the next rest area."
There, customs officers found that the refrigerated truck seemed to be empty. The officers were immediately suspicious because an empty Spanish truck that was apparently on its way to Rotterdam is unusual.
In the cabin, near the driver and his passenger, customs officers also discovered incense burning and three cans of deodorant. The glove boxes and storage near the driver’s seat were strangely shallow.
The driver denied carrying any illegal goods but the customs officers decide to carry out further investigations. “We drilled a hole in the cabin and then tested the drill for drugs. There was no doubt that it was cannabis,” continued Hervé Geffroy.
Customs officers then moved up a gear and completely dismantled the inside of the cabin. Under the bed they found 311.9 kilos of cannabis leaves, and the driver was taken into custody.
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