In the largest drug haul ever, French and Italian narcotics agents on Thursday (25 June) seized morphine worth millions of dollars.
GV water front Marseilles
SV box of drugs (Morphine)
CU compartment where drugs were found in car ZOOM TO SV car
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GV agents around seized car in Milan
SV PAN agents searching car
CU bags of drugs handled
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Background: In the largest drug haul ever, French and Italian narcotics agents on Thursday (25 June) seized morphine worth millions of dollars.
French police and customs officials, following up a tip-off from an informer in Beirut, stopped a car in Marseilles and found 105 pounds of morphine base from which heroin is made, hidden in compartments in the vehicle. The three men in the car -- two Turks and an Austrian -- were arrested. Another car was stopped in Milan and more drugs found. The total of 343 pounds of drugs seized on Thursday was worth mor than three-and-a-half million dollars on the United States black market.
Marseilles is the key processing point in the drug pipeline which runs from the poppy fields of Turkey to the heroin users in the United States.